Andrew Jones picks up a big charge stepping out in front of Demetri McCamey, forcing the Illinois star off the floor with his second foul.
The public address annoucer says the word "sixth" "sixt." Just thought I'd share that.
After going up 25-13, Penn State allows Illinois to go on a 12-0 run to end the half, tying things at 25 as the two teams head to the locker room. The offense looked lost for the last four minutes or so. It'll definitely need this time to regroup.
Onto the stat pack.
Talor Battle leads Penn State in scoring with nine points. Tim Frazier is leading Penn State in rebounding with six. He's on pace four a double digit rebound night from the point guard position. Pretty freakish. Unfortunately for him, he's 0-5 from the field and hasn't been close on any of his shots.
Penn State out rebounded Illinois 19-16 in the half. The Nittany Lions also won the turnover battle 9-5, but closed the half pretty sloppy, letting Illinois creep back into the game.
Lions are shooting only 30% from the field. Illinois was much better at 43%. Unfortunately for the Illini, they've been so sloppy that it's undone a lot of the good they've done shooting.
Demetri McCamey has only five points here at the half. Mike Tisdale leads Illinois with nine points. He's been largely contained when Billy Oliver has been on the floor, though. It'll be interesting to see how the coaching staff manages the matchups in the second half.