Penn State’s D.J. Newbill broke a long drought for the Penn State men’s basketball team in earning weekly conference honors.
The junior guard was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday, the first Nittany Lion to garner such an accolade since Talor Battle on Jan. 31, 2011.
Newbill shares the weekly award with Drew Crawford of Northwestern.
Newbill has played a major role in helping Penn State (12-10, 3-6) to a three-game win streak, the longest active streak in the conference, after wins over No. 24 Ohio State and Purdue last week.
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Newbill hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime, then hit the game-winning bucket with two seconds left in the extra period to beat the Buckeyes 71-70. He had 25 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block in the Nittany Lions’ first Big Ten road win over a ranked opponent since 2009.
He added 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s 79-68 victory over the Boilermakers at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday.
Penn State faces another stern test Thursday night, visiting No. 7 Michigan State.