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Nittany Lions are still looking for Big Ten victory

The Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Kofi Cockburn had 21 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 22 Illinois to a 79-65 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night.

Cockburn leads the nation with 11 double-doubles this season. Ayo Dosunmu and Trent Frazier scored 13 points apiece for Illinois (10-5, 6-3 Big Ten).Myreon Jones scored 20 points and Seth Lundy added 13 for Penn State, which dropped to 3-6 overalll and 0-5 in the Big Ten.

Illinois charged to a 13-5 advantage and never relinquished the lead. The Illini led 42-28 at the break. Dosunmu scored just three points in the first half.

A scrum with two seconds left in the half resulted in technical fouls being called on Da’Monte Williams of Illinois and DJ Gordon of Penn State.

Illinois shot 46% from the field (26 for 57). Penn State was 21 of 62 (34%).

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Illinois, which won both games against the Nittany Lions this season, did what it had to do to prevent its third straight loss. One thing that helped was avoiding a slow start, which has plagued the team all season.

Up next

Penn State: Hosts Rutgers on Thursday in a game that was postponed from earlier this season because of COVID-19. The Illinois game was a makeup game because of COVID-19. The Nittany Lions will also host Northwestern on Saturday in a regularly-scheduled game.

Illinois: The Illini’s game at Michigan State, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled due to COVID-19.

PENN ST. (3-6): Buttrick 1-2 0-0 2, Harrar 1-5 0-2 2, Brockington 2-8 2-2 6, Jones 6-13 5-6 20, Wheeler 2-5 0-0 4, Lundy 3-9 5-5 13, Sessoms 0-6 0-0 0, Tsimbila 2-4 0-0 4, Dread 2-3 0-0 6, McCloskey 1-2 3-5 5, Gordon 1-4 1-1 3, Kelly 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-62 16-21 65.

ILLINOIS (10-5): Cockburn 6-10 9-13 21, Dosunmu 6-12 1-2 13, Frazier 4-10 2-4 13, Miller 3-8 0-0 9, Grandison 1-3 1-1 3, Curbelo 3-7 0-0 6, Williams 0-0 3-4 3, Hawkins 1-4 2-2 5, Bezhanishvili 2-2 2-2 6, Bosmans-Verdonk 0-0 0-0 0, Padilla 0-1 0-0 0, Underwood 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 20-28 79.

Halftime–Illinois 42-28. 3-Point Goals–Penn St. 7-18 (Jones 3-4, Dread 2-3, Lundy 2-4, Brockington 0-1, Kelly 0-1, Gordon 0-2, Sessoms 0-3), Illinois 7-23 (Frazier 3-7, Miller 3-7, Hawkins 1-3, Curbelo 0-1, Padilla 0-1, Dosunmu 0-4). Fouled Out–Buttrick. Rebounds–Penn St. 36 (Harrar 9), Illinois 33 (Cockburn 12). Assists–Penn St. 8 (Brockington 3), Illinois 18 (Dosunmu 5). Total Fouls–Penn St. 26, Illinois 21.

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