Illini swat­ted in dou­ble OT

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Penn State se­cured its first first- round bye in the Big Ten tour­na­ment with an 8679 dou­ble- over­time win over vis­it­ing Illinois on Sun­day.

Shep Garner scored 22 points and Bran­don Tay­lor added 21 and 11 re­bounds for the Nit­tany Lions ( 16- 15, 7- 11 Big Ten), who snapped a two- game los­ing streak and set a mark for their most con­fer­ence wins un­der head coach Pa­trick Cham­bers.

Mal­colm Hill scored 24 of his 39 points in the se­cond half and added 13 re­bounds for the Illini ( 13- 18, 5- 13). Khalid Lewis added 10 points for the Illini, who outscored Penn State 22- 12 over the fi­nal 8: 49 of regulation.

Garner tied it 67- 67 with a layup that drew a foul with 14 sec­onds left in regulation. He missed the po­ten­tial goa­head free throw but made up for it in the first over­time with a go- ahead three in the wan­ing sec­onds. Illinois forced a se­cond over­time with two Hill free throws.

But Penn State dom­i­nated the glass, pulling down seven re­bounds to Illinois’ four in the fi­nal pe­riod. Pey­ton Banks nailed a three­p­ointer to give Penn State the lead for good in the se­cond over­time.

NU65, Ne­braska 54

Alex Olah scored 19 points and grabbed eight re­bounds for the Wild­cats ( 20- 11, 8- 10) in their reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale in Evanston. Tre Demps added 17 points for NU, which se­cured the ninth seed and a first- round bye in next week’s Big Ten tour­na­ment in In­di­anapo­lis.

Pur­due 91, Wis­con­sin 80

Caleb Swani­gan scored a ca­reer- high 27 points and sopho­more P. J. Thomp­son also set a ca­reer best with 22 in West Lafayette, In­di­ana.

A. J. Ham­mons added 16 points and Vince Ed­wards had 11 for the Boil­er­mak­ers ( 24- 7, 12- 6), who forced a four- way tie for third place in the Big Ten with Mary­land, Iowa and Wis­con­sin.

In­di­ana 80, Mary­land 62

Yogi Fer­rell had 17 points in his fi­nal home game, while Troy Wil­liams matched his ca­reer high with 23 points to lead No. 12 In­di­ana past No. 14 Mary­land in In­di­anapo­lis. With the win, the Big Ten cham­pion Hoosiers ( 25- 6, 15- 3) fin­ished 17- 0 at home and com­pleted their first per­fect sea­son at As­sem­bly Hall since 2006- 07.

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Illinois guard Jalen Cole­man- Lands jumps for a shot while Penn State’s Shep Garner ( left) and Jor­dan Dick­er­son de­fend Sun­day.

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