Penn State's Andrew Jones pulls down a rebound in first half action of NCAA college basketball against Illinois in State College, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Penn State's Talor Battle looks to the basket during the first half against Illinois in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Illinois' Mike Davis looks toward the paint in second half action of an NCAA college basketball game against Penn State in State College, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Penn State won 57-55. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Penn State's Tim Frazier looks for space between Illinois players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Andrew Jones converted an offensive rebound with 1 second left and Talor Battle scored 26 points to lead Penn State past No. 16 Illinois 57-55 on Tuesday night for its second straight upset of a ranked team.
After a layup by Bill Cole of Illinois tied the game with 20 seconds left, go-to guy Battle set up for the last shot. His off-balance attempt in the lane bounced off the rim and into the hands of Jones, the 6-foot-10 center who dunked in the go-ahead bucket.
Illinois' desperation heave downcourt was intercepted by Jones, and the blue-and-white faithful rushed the court.
There was good reason to celebrate -- it was the first time Penn State (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten) beat ranked foes in consecutive games since the 1954 NCAA tournament. The Nittany Lions beat then-No. 18 Michigan State 66-62 on Saturday.
Mike Tisdale had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Illinois (13-4, 3-1).
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