Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Blog - GAME 2

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March 13, 2008

Welcome to Indianapolis! We are set for the second game of the 2008 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. This game will feature the No. 7 seed Penn State Nittany Lions (15-15, 7-11) against the No. 10 Illinois Fighting Illini (13-18, 5-13). Tip time is scheduled for 2:31 p.m. EDT.

2:33 p.m. EDT: We are underway in game two!

1st, 15:00, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 13, Penn State 12
Both teams are out to quick starts here in Indy. Penn State is 5-of-9 (.556) and Illinois is 5-of-8 (.625) right now. Illinois' Trent Meacham already has six points, five points shy of his season average of 10.7 ppg.

1st, 10:57, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 20, Penn State 17
Illinois has upped its shooting percentage to 64 percent (7-of-11), led by Meacham and Demetri McCamey with six points each. Penn State is also led by two six-point scorers in Stanley Pringle and Andrew Jones.

1st, 6:49, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 31, Penn State 25
The Illini have been active under the boards with an 11-7 advantage on the glass over Penn State, including 6-3 in offensive boards.

1st, 3:55, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 33, Penn State 29
Penn State has closed the gap in the last four minutes, but will need to play no-foul defense the rest of the way to keep Illinois off the line. The Nittany Lions have already committed seven team fouls compared to Illinois' three. The Illini are a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, while Penn State has yet to make an attempt.

1st, 1:46, TIMEOUT (PSU): Illinois 37, Penn State 31

1st, 0:41.8, TIMEOUT (ILL): Illinois 37, Penn State 35

HALFTIME: Illinois 39, Penn State 37
The Nittany Lions have closed the gap to just two points. Penn State improved its shooting to 15-of-26, which 58 percent. PSU's Taylor Battle has a game-high 12 points, while Illinois' Meacham has 11. The Illini have the rebounding edge, 15-11.

ALL-TIME SERIES - ILLINI/NITTANY LIONS:
Illinois leads the all-time series over Penn State, 20-9, including a 2-0 advantage in Big Ten Tournament play. However, the Nittany Lions swept the regular season against the Illini, winning 68-64 in Champaign and 52-51 in State College.

 

 

2nd, 15:51, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 45, Penn State 41
Penn State is off to a slow 2-of-9 (.222) start, but Illinois has struggled to find shots in the first four minutes. The Illini are 2-of-4 (.500) and Brian Randle is currently in the game with three personal fouls.

2nd, 11:38, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 51, Penn State 47
Illinois is still 50 percent from the floor, but Penn State has continued to struggle this half on 4-of-15 (.267) shooting. Randle of Illinois and Pringle of Penn State have 13 points each.

2nd, 8:56, TIMEOUT (PSU): Illinois 51, Penn State 49

2nd, 7:35, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 53, Penn State 49

SORRY FOR THE DELAY! We were busy posting all the new postgame files from the first game. We still have a game here: Illinois 62, Penn State 57.

2nd, 4:03, TIMEOUT (ILL): Illinois 62, Penn State 57

2nd, 3:43, TIMEOUT (ILL): Illinois 62, Penn State 59
Yet another 30-second timeout by Illinois.

2nd, 3:30, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Illinois 62, Penn State 59
This game has certainly been interesting over the past few minutes. Illinois' Randle leads the squad with 17 points, but despite their shooting struggles, the Nittany Lions have found their way back into this game. Battle has 15 points and Pringle has 11. The rebound advantage that Illinois had in the first half has been erased and the Nittany Lions are looking to get this game closer. FOULS: PSU-10, ILL-8; TOL: PSU-2, ILL-2

2nd, 2:51: Illinois 62, Penn State 59
Illinois' Randle has just fouled out of the game.

2nd, 2:04: Penn State 63, Illinois 62
Penn State's Andrew Jones has given PSU the lead on two free throws.

2nd, 0:51.2, TIMEOUT (ILL): Penn State 63, Illinois 62
60-second timeout Illinois. Free Throws: PSU 9-of-9, ILL, 13-of-17

2nd, 0:15.6, TIMEOUT (ILL): Penn State 63, Illinois 62
Illinois ball. With Randle out and the Illini in need of just a 2, who do you turn to? Shaun Pruitt has 10 points in the post, but has struggled from the line. Meacham has 14 and McCamey has 11.

2nd, 0:15.6, TIMEOUT (ILL): Penn State 63, Illinois 62
Illinois' final timeout is called. Here we go!!!

FINAL: Illinois 64, Penn State 63
It was Frazier, and it was quite possibly one of the biggest baskets of his career. A PSU double-team left Frazier open underneath the basket for an easy bucket. The Illini fight to see another day.

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