Marshall, Newbill earn honorable mention All-Big Ten

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's explosive backcourt tandem of junior Jermaine Marshall (Etters, Pa.) and sophomore D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.) were both named 2012-13 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team honorable mention on Monday (March 11) by both the Big Ten coaches and voting media. Senior guard Nick Colella (New Castle, Pa.) was named Penn State's Sportsmanship Award winner.

The second highest scoring tandem in the Big Ten this season and the highest scoring Nittany Lion duo since the 2000-01 season, Newbill finished fourth in scoring (16.4 ppg) and fourth in assists (4.2 apg) in Big Ten conference games while Marshall ranked fifth in scoring (16.2 ppg) and ninth in three-pointers per game (2.0). The pair ranked behind only Michigan's Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (34.3 ppg) as the highest scoring pair in the Big Ten producing a combined 32.6 ppg on the season overall for the Lion's. They are the highest scoring pair of Nittany Lions since Joe Crispin (19.2 ppg) and Gyasi Cline-Heard (16.8 ppg) combined to produce 36.0 ppg while helping lead Penn State to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16.

Newbill posted his ninth 20-point game of the season with 22 points in Sunday's last second loss to No. 22 Wisconsin, 63-60, in the Jordan Center. He ranks third in the Big Ten in number of 20-point games and is riding a career best string of 14-straight double-digit scoring games while posting double-digits in 27 of 30 games overall. He has led the Lions in scoring 12 times on the year and is Penn State's second leading rebounder (5.0 rpg) and ranks second in the Big Ten playing 36.4 minutes per game.

Marshall led Penn State with 23 points vs. Wisconsin for his fifth 20-point game of the season and his 14th time leading the Lions in scoring on the year. Marshall has posted 20 or more points in three of the last five games and has been hot posting 19.2 ppg and shooting 48 percent form three over the final five regular season games. He led Penn State with 25 points in the 84-78 upset of No. 4 Michigan in late February and leads Penn State in steals (45) and threes (58) while ranking second in assists (2.4 apg) and third in rebounding (4.5 rpg).

Newbill and Marshall will lead Penn State into the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, March 14-17. Penn State will be the No. 12 seed and will face No. 5 seed Michigan (25-6; 12-6 Big Ten) in the first round on Thursday in the United Center. That game will tip at approximately 2:30 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The Lions and No. 6-ranked Wolverines will be meeting for the third time since Feb. 17 and the first since Penn State's stunning upset of then No. 4-ranked Michigan in the Jordan Center on Feb. 27. The teams split the season series with Michigan winning 79-71 in Ann Arbor. Penn State is 2-0 vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, having last met in 2001.

The winner of Thursday's contest will face No. 4 seed Wisconsin (21-10; 12-6 Big Ten) in a quarterfinal game on Friday.

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Last Updated March 12, 2013