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Recap - Illinois Defeats Penn State 64-59

Recap - Illinois Defeats Penn State 64-59

Illinois got 18 points from D.J. Richardson en route to a 64-59 victory over Penn State on Thursday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Illinois won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 14.5-point spread.

Brandon Paul had 16 points for Illinois and Nnanna Egwu chipped in with 7 points. D.J. Richardson had 3 assists for them, while Sam McLaurin was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 5 boards.

Penn State got a 20-point performance from Jermaine Marshall, who was supported by 17 points from Sasa Borovnjak. D.J. Newbill had 5 assists in a losing cause for Penn State, while Sasa Borovnjak grabbed 6 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Illinois were victorious, as the score was 29-20 at the break.

Penn State had a 34-25 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.