Illinois' late rally falls short in 83-70 loss to Penn State

The 17-ranked Wisconsin men's hockey team (15-9-1, 8-3-0-0 Big Ten) saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Friday at the Kohl Center in a 6-3 defeat to No. 9/10 Penn State (17-6-2, 6-4-1-0 Big Ten).

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said the play of Banks - and the surge to end the first half - gave his team a rare victory at IL.

Nittany Lions coach Pat Chambers has lost numerous close games in Champaign during his five seasons at Penn State.

IL has a week to plan for its Saturday matchup at Iowa.

After Illinois forged a 27-27 tie on Morgan's jumper with 5:09 left in the first half, Penn State scored 12 points in a row to seize control. "We know what it's going to be".

Today's Penn State football news is headlined by Penn State's latest Class of 2018 commitment and a too-early-look at Heisman Trophy odds for the 2017 season. "We've got to get stops", Lucas added.

Penn State (14-12, 6-7) was able to build on its upset of 21st-ranked Maryland earlier this week, whereas IL (14-12, 4-9) was not able to find momentum from its victory at Northwestern.

"I'm not trying to point the finger at them".

The Illini were hoping to string together back-to-back Big Ten wins for the first time this season after their win in Evanston against Northwestern on Tuesday. (Michael) Finke did. I just expect more from those older guys. In the Big Ten standings the Nittany Lions are third, five points behind Minnesota that split a series against Ohio State this weekend. Point guard Te'Jon Lucas added 11 points with seven assists to just two turnovers. "That's been a key for us".

Malcolm Hill shot 6 of 10 and led the Illini with 14 points, but just 2 of those points came in the second half.

The Illini have a bye week before returning to action Saturday at Iowa (1 p.m. on BTN).

  • Carolyn Briggs