It's snowy outside in Happy Valley, but inside the Bryce Jordan Center, the action is red-hot as Penn State leads No. 25 Illinois 25-23 at halftime.
Led by 10 points by senior Cammeron Woodyard and eight from junior point guard Tim Frazier, the Nittany Lions used solid defense to keep the Fighting Illini in check despite shooting just 34.6 percent from the field themselves. Illinois shot just 33.3 percent in the half, including 3-12 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Penn State also forced seven Illini turnovers.
Illinois' Brandon Paul, coming off 43 points against Ohio State on Jan. 10, was held to just nine points in the half, though he still leads his team in scoring. D.J. Richardson and Meyers Leonard have six points each. The rest of the team has just two combined points.
The Illini led by as many as eight in the half, but Penn State went on a 16-6 run to close the half to earn the lead.
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