Penn State Vs #22 Illinois: Nittany Lions Up 2 Points At Halftime

The Penn State Nittany Lions look to snap a three-game losing streak Thursday night against the Big Ten Conference leaders, Illinois. The Fighting Illini bring a three-game winning streak to University Park to face the Nittany Lions at 9 p.m.

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Penn State Vs. Illinois Final Score: Nittany Lions Win On Tim Frazier Jumper, 54-52

Just one day after Nebraska took down Indiana and two days after the Michigan defeated arch-rival Michigan State, the Big Ten scored another tight, in-conference upset with the Penn State Nittany Lions defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 54-52 on Thursday night. Tim Frazier scored on a floater with eight seconds left in the game, and Jermaine Marshall blocked Sam Maniscalco on a layup attempt in the waning seconds to seal Penn State's second win in the Big Ten.

The Nittany Lions led the entire second half, up until the Illini tied the game at 52 on a Brandon Paul 3-pointer with just 48 seconds left in regulation. Penn State played tight defense throughout the game, holding Illinois to 34.7 percent shooting from the field. Illinois did not score a point from 4:17 to-go mark in the first half, to the 16:28 mark in the second.

Cammeron Woodyard led the way for Penn State with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting on the night, making 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc. Frazier chipped in 12 points of his own, as well as nine assists. Paul scored 20 to lead the Illini. The Nittany Lions improved to 10-10 on the season, and 2-5 in the Big Ten.

For more on the Nittany Lions, head over to the SB Nation blog Black Shoe Diaries.

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Penn State Vs. Illinois Halftime Score: Nittany Lions Up 25-23 Over No. 22 Illini

A defensive battle has broken out in the first half of Thursday night's game, with the Penn State Nittany Lions taking a 25-23 lead into halftime over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Both teams are shooting less than 35 percent of the night, combining for 13 turnovers so far.

The Illini took a 17-9 lead midway through the half, but were held scoreless for 3:15, allowing the Nittany Lions to crawl their way back into the game. Penn State took its first lead of the game on a Jermaine Marshall 3-pointer with 7:06 left in the first half to push the score to 20-19 Lions. The lead changed four more times before the halftime buzzer finally sounded.

Cammeron Woodyard leads all scorers with 10 points so far, and Matt Glover has contributed five rebounds to the effort so far, though no points. Brandon Paul is pacing Illinois with nine points so far, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

For more on the Nittany Lions, head over to the SB Nation blog Black Shoe Diaries.

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Penn State Vs #22 Illinois: Nittany Lions Welcome Big Ten Leading Illini

The Penn State Nittany Lions look to snap a three-game losing streak Thursday night against the Big Ten Conference leaders, Illinois. The Fighting Illini bring a three-game winning streak to University Park to face the Nittany Lions at 9 p.m.

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