Illinois Postgame Notes vs. Penn State
Feb. 21, 2013
Illinois 64, Penn State 59
1. Tonight, the Illini picked up their 20th victory of the season, marking their fourth 20-win season in the last five years, 12th in the last 14 years and 30th all-time. The Illini are now 20-8 overall and 7-7 in the Big Ten, good for sole possession of sixth place in the conference standings.
2. Illinois has won five straight Big Ten games for the first time since winning five in a row from Jan. 27-Feb. 9, 2010.
3. Illinois' five-game winning streak is the longest current winning streak in the Big Ten.
4. With his first basket of the night, a three-pointer with 3:21 left in the first half, Brandon Paul became the 10th player in Illini history to score 1,500 career points. He finished the game with 16 points and now has 1,515 points in his career, which ranks 10th on the UI all-time scoring list.
5. D.J. Richardson led the Illini with 18 points, marking his ninth straight game in double figures. He is averaging 17.3 points per game over that span.
6. With 37 minutes played tonight, D.J. Richardson moved into the top five in Illinois history in career minutes played. He passed Illini legend Efrem Winters (4,033) and moved into fifth place with 4,062.
7. With 6:40 left in the first half, Joseph Bertrand hit his first three-pointer since making two in Illinois' loss to Purdue on Jan. 2. He was 0-of-11 since that game, coming into tonight's contest.
8. The Illini shot 36 free throws, marking their second-most free throw attempts of the season and most since getting to the line 40 times against Auburn on Dec. 29.
9. Illinois has held its opponent to fewer than 60 points in six of its seven conference wins this season.
10. Nine of the last 11 meetings between Illinois and Penn State have been decided by five points or less.
11. The announced paid attendance was 14,356. However, the turnstile count was just 7,667 due to a massive winter storm that blanketed the Midwest.