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Penn State sends New Hampshire packing

Penn State's Jermaine Marshal dribbles down the court with the ball around New Hampshire's Jordan Bronner during an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 game at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Penn. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey) MANDATORY CREDIT
Jermaine Marshall, who scored a game-high 15 points, helped Penn State widen its second-half lead to prevent a UNH comeback. (AP)Credit: AP

Playing for the first time in eight days prompted Penn State coach Patrick Chambers to set one goal on Sunday: Play harder than New Hampshire.

‘‘I think we did that,’’ Chambers said after Penn State limited UNH to 22 percent shooting (12 of 53) during a 72-45 victory at State College, Pa.

Jermaine Marshall scored 15 points and Sasa Borovnjak 11 for Penn State (7-4), which used a 32-5 first-half run to open a commanding 34-8 lead over the Wildcats (4-7).

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New Hampshire was led by Ferg Myrick and Scott Morris with 9 points each.

‘‘We were just so ready to play,’’ Chambers said. ‘‘We wanted to go out and play harder than them. I hope we played that much better.’’

Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill added 10 each for the Nittany Lions, who have won three straight games and are 6-1 at home.

New Hampshire shot just 17.9 percent (5 of 28) in the first half, enabling Penn State to open a 39-14 halftime lead with a 16-for-29 field goal performance.

Penn State continued to widen its lead in the second half as Marshall scored 8 points and UNH was unable to come back with 28 percent second-half shooting (7 of 25). Marshall finished with a career-high five steals.

Penn State surpassed 70 points for the third straight game and shot 46 percent overall.

The Nittany Lions’ lead reached 52-26 on a jumper by Ross Travis after Donovon Jack blocked a shot by New Hampshire’s Chandler Rhoads. Penn State extended the margin to 64-32 as nine of the team’s 12 players scored at least 3 points.

Northwestern 63, Brown 42 — Dave Sobolewski scored 14 points and Kale Abrahamson, Alex Marcotullio, and Tre Demps added 9 each to lift the host Wildcats (9-4) over the Bears (3-6).

Sean McGonagill scored 20 points to lead Brown, which has lost three straight and five of six. It was the Bears’ first game since Dec. 8, when they lost, 84-57, at No. 22 Notre Dame.

Northwestern, which never trailed, made 13 of 24 from 3-point range, with Sobolewski and Marcotullio each hitting three. Six Wildcat players made at least one 3-pointer. The Wildcats scored the first 15 points of the game, all on 3-pointers.

The Wildcats had 21 assists and just 12 turnovers.

Northwestern shot 49 percent from the field while Brown made just 31 percent.

Matt Sullivan, who leads the Bears in scoring with 16 per game, had 2 points. Only eight players suited up for Brown.

Northwestern’s biggest lead was 33 points with 8:32 remaining after a 17-0 run.

Sobolewski, Jared Swopshire, and Marcotullio combined to hit four consecutive 3-pointers during the run. Sobolewski was fouled on his second 3 and made the foul shot for a 60-27 lead.

The Wildcats went 6 of 13 from beyond the arc in the first half to lead 28-18 at the break.

After Northwestern’s 15-0 start, Tucker Halpern hit a 3-pointer for Brown’s first points with 15:21 left in the half. Brown had four 3-pointers in the game, with McGonagill making the other three.

Brown will play crosstown rival Providence on Friday.

San Diego St. 62, Indiana St. 55 — Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and 15 rebounds and the No. 18 Aztecs (11-1) held off a charge by the Sycamores (6-4) at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

Chase Tapley scored 13 points and the Aztecs won despite poor free throw and 3-point shooting.

San Diego State pulled ahead for good during a 7-point run that included 5 straight points from Tapley.

With less than five minutes to play, Tapley drove to the basket and was stopped by Jake Odum, who was called for an excessive foul.

Tapley made two free throws and a quick 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, giving the Aztecs a 51-44 lead.

The Sycamores pulled no closer than 3 points after that.

RJ Mahurin had 15 points for Indiana State.

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