Recap: Illinois vs. Penn State

The Sports NetworkJanuary 4, 2014 

Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rayvonte Rice scored 17 points and added seven rebounds for Illinois as the Fighting Illini took down the Penn State Nittany Lions, 75-55, in a Big Ten tilt at the State Farm Center.

Tracy Abrams contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five assists for Illinois (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) which has won four straight. Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey each had 11 points as well as seven and eight rebounds, respectively.

John Johnson scored a game-high 18 points, netting 4-of-6 shots from the beyond the arc before fouling out for Penn State (9-6, 0-2). Tim Frazier chipped in 10 points, but hit just 3-of-11 from the floor. The Nittany Lions have lost three of their last four.

Neither team had much success in the first half. Illinois shot at a 29.6 percent clip and Penn State was a step behind, netting 28.6 percent. The Illini took a 28-26 lead into halftime.

After intermission Illinois only improved to 41.4 percent shooting, but it also nailed 20-of-22 from the free-throw line to pull away for the win. Penn State had only nine field goals in the final 20 minutes.

Illinois enjoyed a 44-33 edge on the boards. Penn State blocked seven shots.

Game Notes

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service