LEWISBURG, Pa. – D.J. Newbill had 28 points and Penn State pulled away late for an 88-80 victory over Bucknell on Friday.
The Nittany Lions (6-1) never trailed but never led by more than 12.
Bucknell (2-5) tied the game once, at 66-all, with 6:19 to play. Penn State answered with a 12-4 run and held steady from there with Newbill scoring six of the Nittany Lions' last 10 points to secure the win.
Ross Travis added 14 points, and Brandon Taylor and Geno Thorpe had 12 apiece. Penn State was 8 of 15 from 3-point range and 30 of 54 from the field.
The Bison used a 16-6 run to pull even late in the second half, but Chris Hass and John Azzinaro turned the ball over on consecutive possessions to halt the momentum.
Azzinaro led Bucknell with 18 points. Nana Foulland and Haas added 14 apiece, and J.C. Show scored 10.