Men's Basketball
Illinois Defeats Penn State, 77-67

 
Illinois' Dominique Keller looks to the basket in second half  of an NCAA college basketball against Penn State in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67.  (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
Illinois' Dominique Keller looks to the basket in second half of an NCAA college basketball against Penn State in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
 

Jan. 27, 2010

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - D.J. Richardson scored 20 points and Illinois staved off a Penn State rally from a double-digit deficit in a 77-67 win Wednesday night to snap the Illini's three-game losing streak.

Down 10 early, the Nittany Lions took a 46-42 lead with 15:06 left after David Jackson's layup capped a 12-0 run. Jackson finished with 13 points, while Talor Battle had a team-high 20.

But a nearly 5-minute Penn State scoring drought gave Illinois (13-8, 5-3 Big Ten) another opening. Despite some choppy play, Mike Davis' jumper and Dominique Keller's buzzer-beating fall-away gave the Illini a 59-53 lead with 4:03 left.

Demetri McCamey's 3 from 20 feet with the shot clock winding down extended the lead to 10 with 2 minutes to go.

It was another crushing loss for the Nittany Lions (8-12, 0-8). Their winless streak in conference play is the school's worst Big Ten start since 2003.

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