February 18, 2009

COL BKB: Penn State 38, Illinois 33

Talor Battle made four free throws in the final 16 seconds Wednesday, allowing Penn State to down No. 16 Illinois 38-33.

The teams combined to make just 28-of-96 shots from the field and Illinois did not go to the foul line a single time.

It was the lowest point total by far for both teams this season. Penn State won on Illinois' home court for the third straight season, marking the first time the Nittany Lions have won three consecutive road games against any Big Ten foe since joining the league in 1993.

Penn State held a one-point lead when Battle made two free throws with 16 seconds left. Demetri McCamey missed a 3-pointer for Illinois with 6 seconds remaining, after which Battle converted twice more from the line to account for the final score.

The Nittany Lions made just 28 percent of their field goal attempts and Illinois hit on 30 percent of its tries.

Battle scored 11 points to lead Penn State (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten). Chester Frazier and Trent Meachem had seven points each for the Illini (21-6, 9-5). Illinois had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Neither team could get to 20 points until almost 5 minutes had expired in the second half. Penn State owned a 17-15 halftime lead.