Penn State hit.275 for the match with a set high.387 hitting percentage in the second set where the Nittany Lions recorded 14 kills on 31 swings while only committing two attack errors. Pitt defeated Penn State by a score of 42-39, but Penn State reigned victorious in the 2017 game.
Penn State returns home to face No. 14 Ohio State on Thursday. IL went scoreless for the final one minute, 16 seconds of the first half, and didn't score in the second half until a Leron Black basket at the 12:42 mark, giving the Illini a scoreless streak of 8:34, a trend that has unfortunately been much too common this season.
He finished 2-for-11 shooting and when he launched one coach Brad Underwood didn't care for in the second half, Underwood shouted at his point guard, "Trent, you're 2-for-100!"
On the ensuing play, Mark Alstork stepped on the baseline while inbounding the ball, giving Penn State possession with 3.7 seconds left. Carr air balled a 3-pointer from the right wing, but Jamari Wheeler grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to Garner, who nailed a corner 3.
Without Michael Finke, and with Black and Frazier each with two first-half fouls, IL battled in the first half, thanks to Te'Jon Lucas, Kipper Nichols and some fairly good play from Greg Eboigbodin. "We didn't run anything".
IL had the lead for more than 15 minutes in the first half, but squandered it late.
Penn State improves to 18-9 overall and remains in the top echelon of the Big Ten standings at 8-6 with the win. "One mistake and we just hang our heads and it affects the next play". The Illini were without Michael Finke, who had started every game this season.
IL will be back on the road on Wednesday night, when they travel to Bloomington, Ind.to face the Indiana Hoosiers.