STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- 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
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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Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.