Nittany Lions use strong defensive performance to defeat Wildcats
Postgame Notes: Penn State 59, Northwestern 32
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Penn State looks for back-to-back wins against ranked foes
Penn State completes season sweep of OSU for first time since 1997-98
Penn State Cruises Past Northwestern, 59-32
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Coming off a season of disappointment and challenge in which he tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg just over five minutes into the fourth game of the season, Frazier will look to return to the first-team All-Big Ten level that placed him among the top guards in the nation after receiving a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for a fifth season of eligibility. Frazier remained a vocal and active presence off the court and became an even greater student of the game assisting the coaching staff in practices and games. The 2012 preseason Wooden and Naismith Award candidate will look to regain the speed, quickness and 34-inch vertical that saw him lead the nation producing 58 percent of the Lions offense in 2011-12 and lead the Big Ten in assists (6.2) and finish second in scoring (18.2). Currently standing 24th (1,035) on PSU's all-time scoring charts and sixth (459) in assists, he brings 20 career 20-point or better scoring games into his final campaign. Just the 10th Lion to earn three Academic All-Big Ten honors, he earned his degree in supply chain and information systems management in the Smeal College of Business in May, and is pursuing a second degree in communications. The charismatic and vocal leader is a continual presence on campus and the community giving time to numerous charities and events. After setting the Penn State season record with 198 assists in 2011-12, he now stands 142 assists shy of eclipsing the Penn State career assist record of 600, set by Freddie Barnes in 1992, and could end his career among Penn State's top five in career scoring, assists and steals and as just the second Lion to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists on their career.
"Tim is the fastest player I have ever coached and I have coached some fast players. He's faster than Kyle Lowry (Villanova) who's in the NBA now.
Tim doesn't get the credit he deserves for what he has done. He is a special talent - the way he can jump and his rim-to-rim speed. He wants to lead this team and he is our hardest worker. He wants to improve too. His shooting has gotten better and he has a lot of room to continue to improve his game."
2013 MEDICAL REDSHIRT SEASON
Applied for a medical hardship waiver for the season after going down with a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg just 5:30 into the fourth game of the year...suffered the injury after coming off a high screen vs. Akron in the third game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff in Bayamon, PR, on Nov. 18...underwent surgery on Nov. 20...was leading Penn State posting 21.7 ppg and 5.8 apg and was second on the team with 6.0 rpg entering the Akron game...he was assisting on 45.3 percent of available possessions (the second highest rate in the nation at the time)...had two 23-point outings on the year and had scored in double-figures in 25 straight games, with 14 20-point outings, prior to the Akron game...was named a preseason All-Big Ten selection by conference media voters...named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 and the Naismith Award preseason watch list...named one of 30 candidates for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award...earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
led the nation accounting for 58 percent of the Lions' offense with his combined field goals (208) and assists (198)...first Lion ever to post at least 500 points, 150 assists and 50 steals in a season...the fourth guard in the modern era to lead PSU in rebounding...improved his scoring average by 12.5 ppg, the largest increase in the Big Ten on the year and the second-largest in the last 15 seasons in the conference...posted five double-doubles, the fifth-most in the Big Ten and most for a Lion since 2008...became the first Lion to log at least 170 assists in a season twice in their career...averaged 19.5 ppg in true road games, a mark that led all major conference players and tied for 15th-best in Division 1...scored in double-digits in 22-straight games to end the year and 30 total on the season, despite being the nearly singular focus of opposing defenses...led PSU in scoring in 25 games, including 14 of 18 conference games...thirteen times exceeded his scoring average in Big Ten play...averaged 21.0 ppg while shooting 46 percent in nine Big Ten road games...scored a career-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting and added a career-best six steals (the second most for a Lion ever in a Big Ten game) at Nebraska (1/11)...posted a career-high 11 assists vs. Youngstown State (11/23)...posted double-digit assists in three games and posted eight or more in 10 games...twice posted a career-high 11 rebounds (at Saint Joseph's and vs. Cornell), one of three games with double-digit boards...nearly posted a triple-double going 7-of-7 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the foul line for 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a win over Nebraska (2/11)...sank a 12-foot, game-winning floater with eight seconds to play to break a tie game and give Penn State a 54-52 victory over No. 22 Illinois (1/19)...hit 10-of-16 for 24 points at Purdue (2/29)...tied a Penn State Big Ten Tournament record scoring 26 points on 4-of-6 from three in a first round loss to Indiana (3/8)...earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the second year.
Frazier emerged as a playmaker and scorer ranking third in Big Ten games posting 5.5 assists per contest and second with a 2.36 assist-to-turnover ratio...started 33 contests on the year and played in all 34 averaging 30.8 minutes per game and posting 6.3 ppg, 5.1 apg and 3.9 rpg on the season...173 assists on the year rank as the fifth-most in Penn State history and he led the team with 35 steals...posted seven double-digit scoring outings on the year, all after January 1, and emerged as a potent force in the Lions' run to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game and the NCAA Tournament, posting 10 ppg, 5.9 apg and 4.6 rpg over the final 11 contests...posted six or more assists in 14 games, including a career-high 10 to go along with 10 points for his first career double-double in a victory at Northwestern (2/24)...posted 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the Lions' 66-64 NCAA Tournament loss to Temple (3/17)...was stellar with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with a career-best eight rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes of a 61-48 victory over Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals (3/12)...posted 12 points on 2-of-2 from three and 5-of-7 overall and six rebounds in a loss at Wisconsin (2/20)...had 12 points, on a career best 10-of-13 from the foul line, and seven assists in a victory over Northwestern (2/13) and 12 points and team-high seven boards in a loss at Illinois (2/1)...posted 11 points, six rebounds and five assists at No. 2 Ohio State (1/15)...became the team's defensive stopper...held No. 16 Illinois' leading scorer Demetri McCamey to 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting and added a career-best eight rebounds, two steals and four assists in a 57-55 upset win...developed his offensive repertoire over the summer drilling with Nittany Lion great Joe Crispin, the Lions' third all-time career scorer...earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.