Penn State beats No. 23 Illinois 64-63 -

Penn State beats No. 23 Illinois 64-63

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Talor Battle hit a driving shot with 0.3 seconds left to cap Penn State's rally from a 10-point deficit and give the Nittany Lions a 64-63 victory over No. 23 Illinois on Thursday night.

The Illini's Mike Davis, a 70 percent free-throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 8 seconds left. Jamelle Cornley corralled the rebound and handed off to Battle, who dribbled furiously up court and threw up the shot that bounced tantalizingly around the rim for a couple of seconds before dropping in.

Fans rushed the court after the final buzzer as the Nittany Lions (21-9, 10-7 Big Ten) secured a victory that will help their NCAA tournament credentials. Battle finished with 15 points.

Demetri McCamey scored 16 points and Mike Tisdale added 12 for Illinois (23-8 11-7), which missed a chance to clinch no lower than the third seed in next week's Big Ten tournament.

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