It’s going to be an extended yr people. We’ll get into that extra as Penn State Basketball fell to No. 22 Illinois by a rating of 79-65, in a sport that wasn’t actually that shut.
Penn State Basketball got here out taking pictures nicely, hitting six of their eight three-point makes an attempt. However, the Lions couldn’t sustain with the Combating Illini’s taking pictures.
Utilizing a distinct beginning line-up (Buttrick in for Lundy), Coach Jim Ferry went nearly completely to a 2-3 zone to match up towards the Illini entrance court docket. Merely, it didn’t work.
Illinois frequently handed to the excessive submit and from there discovered huge open shooters on the wing or the again cutter for a simple lay-up. Fouls have been an enormous concern, as typical, and Myles Dread left the sport with a left shoulder harm and wouldn’t return.
A late half scrum resulted in two fast techicals on Freshman D.J. Gordon and Illini Da’Monte Williams. Whereas it was a comparatively delicate scrum with no punches thrown, an nearly 10:00 overview adopted.
Gamers from each groups did depart their benches and there was concern from the announcers because the overview went on we might be taking a look at some ejections. For some purpose, in spite of everything that overview, the officers simply added yet another technical to Izaiah Brockington. Certain, why not. Nits down 14 on the half.
A fast steal by Myreon Jones led to a Jamari Wheeler layup to chop the result in 12.
However, Penn State might by no means pull nearer. Kyle McCloskey, Abdou Tsimbila and D.J. Gordon noticed important minutes for the primary time this season. Tsimbila confirmed some life down low and it was good to see Gordon getting actual minutes.
Nevertheless it didn’t actually matter. The second half consequence was recognized earlier than it began. And that’s not a fantastic feeling.