Penn State Stops Illini Men 83-70

February 11, 2017
 
Illinois' guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) looks to pass under the basket as Penn State's forward Mike Watkins (24) defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign.

Illinois' guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) looks to pass under the basket as Penn State's forward Mike Watkins (24) defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Feb 11, 2017.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Payton Banks tied his career-high with 24 points, Lamar Stevens added 21 and Penn State beat Illinois 83-70 on Saturday.

Banks made three of Penn State's seven 3-pointers and the Nittany Lions shot 56.9 percent overall. It was his fourth 20-plus game of the season and the sixth of his career.

Penn State's guard Tony Carr (10) shoots over Illinois' guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Feb 11, 2017. Penn State won 83-70.

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Penn State (14-12, 6-7 Big Ten) didn't allow Illinois to get into an offensive groove. The Fighting Illini had numerous three-minute scoring droughts and Penn State closed the first half on a 14-2 run for a 41-29 lead.

Illinois finished with 14 turnovers, including two in the first four possessions of the game.

Tony Carr made six straight free throws and scored 19 points for Penn State, which was 18 of 20 at the line.

Malcolm Hill led the way for Illinois (14-12, 4-9) with 14 points. Te'Jon Lucas had 11 points, on 2-of-8 shooting, and seven assists.

Story source: AP