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Hoops Gameday: Illinois

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Final Score: Illinois 77, Penn State 67

Next game is Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 vs. Minnesota.  Buy tickets at 814-865-5555 or at the BJC box office.

1:04 Penn State hanging around 71-65 , down by 8 .
2:25  Taylor Battle splits a pair of free throws.

3:28: Illinois 59, Penn State 53.  The Lions head into the media time out.


6:46: Nittany Lions cling to a four point lead.  Babb leads the team with 14 points.  Here's one of his shots from earlier in the game


11:58: The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the BJC on February 23.  Get your tickets today by calling 814-865-5555!  The Lion looks on as a Globetrotter gives a sneak preview.


13:28:  Penn State has three players in double figures today, Babb and Battle both have 13, while Jackson has 10.

14:52: Hershey Kiss Cam, combined with a Penn State run makes these two fans very happy!


15:45: Chris Babb's three gives Penn State their first lead since it was 4-2!.  44-42 PSU

16:45: The Nittany Nation flag is flying high as Penn State brings it within one point.  Down 42-41, we have ourselves another thriller between these two teams.  Will it end the same way as last year?


The Lions just burst out of this locker room, ready to stage a comeback.  With just one turnover in the first half, the Nittany Lions need to bridge the rebounding gap, which is currently 16-11 in the Illini's favor. 

The 2009 THON Line Dance is being performed for the last time at tonight's game!  I can't wait to see this year's dance.  Come to the BJC all day (and night) long from February 19-21.  Go to to learn more or donate.

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Congrats to gymnast Brandi Personett and wrestler Brad Pataky, the Highmark Student-Athletes of the Week!


0:00: Halftime score: Illinois  40, Penn State 33

4:01: This THON committee is having a great time at tonight's game.


6:10: These fans are having a great time, making a lot of noise cheering for Penn State right above our tent.

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7:30: After two early points, Talor Battle is 13 points away from 11th place on the all-time scoring list in Penn State history.

10:18: Penn State's Bill Edwards plays some tight defense on the Illini.

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11:23: Illinois up 22-13 early.  DJ Jackson leads the Nittany Lions with 5 points.

13:47: Illinois out to an early lead while the Penn State Lionettes cheer on the team.


20:00: Ott tips off.



6:29 PM: Starting lineups underway.  Tipoff in just a few.

6:20 PM: Ten more minutes to tweet us @GoPSUHoopsgmday with your prediction on how many rebounds Andrew Ott will get tonight.   Winner gets a free autographed poster from the team!

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6:19 PM: Babb, Edwards, Ott, Jackson, Battle starting for the Lions tonight.

6:05 PM: To provide extra incentive to get here early, Head Coach Ed Dechellis presents "Coach D Delivers".  Coach bought 100 hot dogs and sodas and they were distributed throughout Nittany Nation.



5:48 PM: Lauren, the Finance Overall Chairperson for THON and fellow Penn State Basketball intern, shows off tonight's inflatable finger giveaway. 

Lauren says, "I hope you can all make it to the BJC during THON weekend from February 19-21.  If you would like to donate or would like more information, please visit the THON website."


5:47 PM: Team huddles up during the pregame warmups.


5:42 PM:Don't forget tonight is THON night!  The proceeds from student tickets today will be donated to THON!  Please come out and support a great cause!

5:36 PM: Nittany Nation filing in for tonight's game.  The flag is here.

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5:15 PM: Jeff Jordan (MJ's son) enjoys reading Nittany Nation's Forty Minutes newsletter with his teammates.

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5:02 PM: Just under 90 minutes until tipoff.  Thanks to Mitch for giving us a tour of the equipment room as he helps the Nittany Lions get ready for tonight's showdown.


Did you know?  Andrew Jones wears a size 17 shoe?


Don't forget about the Nittany Lion's jersey! We want the lion!


In addition to a huge stash of jerseys and shoes, Mitch has a collection of old Penn State Basketball posters!



Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Illinois
6:30 pm tipoff
Bryce Jordan Center

TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 1450 FM ESPN Radio State College, Penn State Sports Network Preview

PSU-Illinois Official Game Notes

RT@PSUSTRETCH News Flash! Battle now leads the Big Ten in scoring after Harris and Michigan's game last night. Battle leads 19.1 ppg to Harris's 19.0

It's not too late to get your tickets for tonight's game! Tickets are on sale on the Ticketmaster website, at the HUB from 11am-2pm. Or Stop by the BJC Ticket Office or call 814-865-5555.

Follow us all game long for updates and pictures from the BJC on Twitter @GoPSUHoopsgmday

Check our UStream all throughout the game for video straight from the Bryce Jordan Center.  Check back here for more updates closer to tipoff.

THON night


Tonight is THON Night at the BJC, where all proceeds from student tickets will go directly to THON!

For more information on THON and how you can help kids with cancer, click here!

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Get to know Andrew Ott!


Ott is a redshirt sophomore from Germantown, PA. A stellar career at Germantown Academy earned him a scholarship to Big East power Villanova, where he redshirted his freshman year and transferred to Penn State early the following season. He established a solid role, especially on the defensive end, on Penn State's NIT Championship squad last season and also made Academic All-Big Ten. After playing solid minutes to open the season, Ott has seen a lot of action as of late, scoring 13 points against Indiana last Thursday night on Dollar "Ott" Dog night at the BJC.

Gameday Blog: Super Bowl Prediction, Colts or Saints?

Ott: Saints

Gameday Blog: Last movie you saw?

Ott: The Blind Side

Gameday Blog: Favorite songs on your ipod?

Ott: Lil Wayne or I put it on shuffle

Gameday Blog: Favorite place to play as a visitor?

Ott: Illinois

Gameday Blog: Favorite pro teams?

Ott: Eagles and Phillies!

Gameday Blog: Pat's or Geno's cheesesteaks? Or another favorite?

Ott: Steve's or Rich's, but Pat's is good too

NEW FEATURE: Tweet us @GoPSUHoopsGmday and predict how many rebounds Ott will get tonight.  The best guess wins an autographed team poster that they can pick up next game!!!

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Article from today's Daily Collegian: "Rebounds a silver lining"


New video posted by Nittany Nation for the Illinois game

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Check out the GoPSUsports promo video for Wednesday night's game vs. Illinois

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Check out the in-game blog and pre-game show from our friends at ComRadio

Win a Throwback Jersey set and help CVC!

Come by Portal 15 Wednesday night at the game. Cash or checks accepted.

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