Penn State Blows Out Illinois 74-52
Penn State (18-9, 8-6 Big Ten) defeated Illinois (12-14, 2-11 Big Ten) by a score of 74-52 to win for the fifth time in their last six games. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Shep Garner’s 16 points. The Nittany Lions led 37-36 at halftime, but held Illinois scoreless in the first seven minutes of the second half.
How It Happened
Penn State started the game flat, allowing Illinois to maintain a six point lead for the first ten minutes. After some extended playing time for Jamari Wheeler, the freshman’s pace helped the Nittany Lions get back in the game. Penn State was forced to play the final 11 minutes of the first half without Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins because both picked up two early fouls.
Tony Carr hit a last second shot right before the buzzer to give the Nittany Lions a 37-36 lead at halftime. Shep Garner led the team in scoring in the first half with 10 points, despite only shooting 3-9 in the half. Tony Carr added nine points and five assists.
The second half started sloppy, as both teams failed to score in the first three minutes of the half. Penn State went on a 17-0 run through the first seven minutes of the second half, while Illinois was unable to score. The Nittany Lions opened a 49-36 lead to take control of the game.
The Nittany Lions maintained their double-digit lead the rest of the game, finishing off the Fighting Illini 74-52. Shep Garner led the team with 16 points, Tony Carr contributed 15 points and 5 assists, and Lamar Stevens added 11 points.
Player Of The Game
Tony Carr | Sophomore | Guard
Tony Carr did a great job of keeping his teammates involved in the offense, scoring 15 points, dishing out five assists, and adding six rebounds. The sophomore guard finished 6-13 shooting and 3-7 from three.
The Nittany Lions are back in action against No. 14 Ohio State this Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will broadcast on BTN.