Illinois Upsets No. 9 Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points and Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak with a 62-56 victory over No. 9 Penn State on Tuesday night.
Kofi Cockburn added 14 points for the Fighting Illini (17-9, 9-6 Big Ten), who led most of the way and ended Penn State’s eight-game winning streak. Dosunmu returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s loss at Rutgers after suffering an injury to his left knee is a win over Michigan State on Feb. 11.
The win also snapped Illinois’ six-game losing streak against Penn State.
Lamar Stevens scored 13 points for the Nittany Lions (20-6, 10-5), who entered with their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 since they were No. 9 at the same point of the 1996 season.
Izaiah Brockington added 10 points for the Nittany Lions, who trailed 30-26 at halftime and by as many as nine points with 5:35 to play.
NO. 7 MARYLAND 76
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jalen Smith had 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double, and Maryland extended its winning streak to nine games.
Smith achieved his 17th double-double of the season by halftime. In two games against Northwestern this season, the 6-foot-10 sophomore has 47 points and 30 rebounds.
Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 for the Terrapins (22-4, 12-3 Big Ten), who never trailed in improving their record at home to 15-0. The victory, combined with Penn State’s loss to Illinois, left first-place Maryland with a two-game lead with five games to go.
Ryan Young scored 17 and Boo Buie added 15 for the Wildcats (6-19, 1-14) in their 10th successive defeat.
NO. 8 FLORIDA STATE 82 PITTSBURGH 67
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Williams scored 16 points, Anthony Polite had 10 points and six rebounds and Florida State pulled away in the second half against Pittsburgh.
Williams, a freshman forward, scored in double figures for the 10th time this season as the Seminoles (22-4, 12-3 ACC) improved to 14-0 at home.
Au’Diese Toney had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Xavier Johnson added 12 points and seven assists for Pittsburgh (15-12, 6-10), which has lost six of its last eight games.
Balsa Koprivica had seven rebounds, helping Florida State gain a 40-27 edge on the boards.