Penn State vs Illinois

Illinois 64, Penn St. 59


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - D.J. Richardson started slow Thursday but finished with 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late in Illinois' ugly 64-59 win over Penn State.

The win was the fifth straight for Illinois (20-8, 7-7 Big Ten). But facing a team that hadn't won since late December, it didn't come easy.

Jermaine Marshall's 3-pointer brought Penn State within 62-59 with 5 seconds left. Richardson then sank a pair of free throws that sealed the win.

Illinois led 29-20 at the end of a brutal first half.

The Illini's Brandon Paul entered the game a point shy of 1,500 in his career. It took him almost 17 minutes to get it. He finished with 16.

Penn State (8-18, 0-14) has lost 14 straight. The Nittany Lions committed 31 fouls and sent the Illini to the line 36 times. They made 23.

Jermaine Marshall led Penn State with 20 points.

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Penn State Nittany Lions
R. Travis, F352-80-06254
S. Borovnjak, F317-103-660417
D. Newbill, G394-142-535412
J. Marshall, G366-114-443320
N. Colella, G282-30-02146
B. Taylor160-20-03040
J. Graham90-00-14010
K. Montminy30-00-01050
A. Wisniewski20-00-00010
A. Maduegbunam10-00-00000
Totals 21-489-1634113159
Illinois Fighting Illini
S. McLaurin, F281-34-75036
N. Egwu, C252-33-42037
D. Richardson, G374-118-933318
B. Paul, G335-133-832216
J. Bertrand, G242-41-22036
T. Abrams261-41-21323
T. Griffey170-11-22021
M. Henry102-42-20037
Totals 17-4323-362582164
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Other games
CAL 48 Final
ORE 46
DUKE 88 Final
VT 56