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Nittany Lions own dramatics in upset

Penn State’s Tim Frazier, driving in the first half, hit the winner in first-year coach Patrick Chambers’ first win vs. a ranked foe.

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Penn State’s Tim Frazier, driving in the first half, hit the winner in first-year coach Patrick Chambers’ first win vs. a ranked foe.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Tim Frazier hit a floater in the lane with eight seconds left and Jermaine Marshall blocked Sam Maniscalco's layup at the buzzer to give Penn State a 54-52 upset of No. 22 Illinois on Thursday.

Frazier had 12 points and nine assists for the Nittany Lions (10-10, 2-5 Big Ten), who ended a three-game skid.

The Illini (15-4, 4-2) lost for the first time since re-entering the Top 25 this week. They had a short stay atop the Big Ten as the lone one-loss team in conference play. Brandon Paul had 20 points to pace the Illini.

The Illini chipped away at a nine-point deficit several times in the second half thanks in part to better ball movement. Paul's 3 from the left wing with 39 seconds left tied the score at 52.

But Illinois couldn't break through after shooting 33 percent in the first half and going scoreless for an eight-minute stretch spanning both halves. Illinois shot 34 percent (17 of 49) against the Nittany Lions, who wore an all-gray uniform for the first time in program history.

Duke one win from trying school record

DURHAM, N.C. — Andre Dawkins had all 21 of his points in the first half, and No. 4 Duke (16-2, 4-0 ACC) routed Wake Forest 91-73 for its 45th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"I feel like every shot I put up is going to go in," Dawkins said.

The Blue Devils moved within one of the school record for consecutive home victories and will match the mark if they beat Florida State on Saturday.

NO. 8 UNC 82, VA. TECH 68: Harrison Barnes scored nine of his 27 during a 19-0 second-half run as the visiting Tar Heels (16-3, 3-1 ACC) bounced back from a 33-point loss at Florida State. Former Sickles High star John Henson added 16 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for North Carolina.

NO. 15 uva 70, GA. TECH 38: Mike Scott had 18 points for the visiting Cavaliers (15-2, 2-1 ACC), who held the Yellow Jackets to their fewest points since a 53-38 loss to Wake Forest on Feb. 6, 1982, during Bobby Cremins' first season as coach.

NO. 24 ST. MARY'S, Calif. 61, PEPPERDINE 47: Forward Rob Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the host Gaels (18-2, 7-0 West Coast), who won their eighth in a row.

NO. 25 KANSAS STATE: Coach Frank Martin suspended junior forward Jordan Henriquez indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

DEPAUL: Forward Tony Freeland, a junior, is transferring to tend to his ailing grandmother at home in Los Angeles.


NO. 3 UCONN 80, CINCY 37: Tiffany Hayes scored 17 as the Huskies (16-2, 5-1 Big East) extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 96.

NO. 6 KENTUCKY 69, NO. 15 UGA 64: The visiting Wildcats (17-2, 6-0 SEC) took the lead with a 9-0 run in the second half and wore down the Bulldogs (15-4, 4-2).

NO. 8 MARYLAND 86, WAKE 58: Tianna Hawkins set a school record with 24 rebounds and scored 18 for the host Terrapins (18-1, 5-1 ACC), who blew open a game tied at halftime.

NO. 9 TENNESSEE 65, LSU 56: Meighan Simmons scored 19 for the host Vols (14-4, 5-1 SEC) in a game that was tied 11 times. LSU guard Destini Hughes seriously injured her right leg and was taken off in a wheelchair.

NO. 10 OHIO ST. 82, NO. 20 NEBRASKA 68: Tayler Hill had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten), who broke it open with a 10-2 second-half run against the Cornhuskers (15-3, 4-2).

NO. 11 MIAMI 56, uva 53: Shenise Johnson scored 20 including two free throws with 18.2 seconds left to help lift the visiting Hurricanes (15-3, 6-1).

NO. 12 Wis.-GREEN BAY 75, YOUNGSTOWN ST. 50: Lydia Bauer scored 19 to lead the host Phoenix (16-0, 6-0 Horizon League) to a 36th consecutive regular-season victory.

NO. 13 PURDUE 82, INDIANA 60: Antionette Howard scored a season-high 20 for the visiting Boilermakers (16-3, 6-0), the only perfect team in Big Ten play.

NO. 16 DEL. 65, TOWSON 46: Elena Delle Donne, the leading scorer in Division I at 29.3 points per game, scored a season low 15 for the visiting Blue Hens (15-1, 6-0 Colonial).

NO. 22 PENN ST. 71, ILLINOIS 65: Maggie Lucas scored 19 for the visiting Nittany Lions (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten), who pulled away with a 20-3 run spanning the end of the first half and start of the second.

NO. 24 UNC 56, VA. Tech 37: Brittany Rountree scored 13 of her 17 in the second half as the visiting Tar Heels (13-5, 3-2 ACC) gave Sylvia Hatchell her 600th win as their coach.

ARK. 69, NO. 25 VANDY 47: Sarah Watkins scored 21 for the host Razorbacks, who held the Commodores (14-4, 2-3 SEC) to a season-low point total.

FSU 68, BOSTON COLLege 59: Guard Alexa Deluzio scored a career-high 28, including six 3s, for the visiting 'Noles (11-9, 3-3 ACC). "I thought (BC) shot the ball well, and we had to answer," FSU coach Sue Semrau said.

FLORIDA 61, ALABAMA 37: Forward Jennifer George had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead the host Gators (13-6, 3-3 SEC), who held the Crimson Tide to 24.6 percent shooting (16-for-65).

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