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Illinois loses big lead, but beats Penn St. 77-67

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Illinois'  D.J. Richardson draws a foul from Penn State's Tim Frazier in second half of an NCAA college basketball  game in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67.  (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson Illinois' D.J. Richardson draws a foul from Penn State's Tim Frazier in second half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Illinois' Dominique Keller looks to the basket in second half  of an NCAA college basketball against Penn State in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67.  (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson Illinois' Dominique Keller looks to the basket in second half of an NCAA college basketball against Penn State in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Illinois Mike Davis pulls down a rebound in front of Penn State's Jeff Brooks in first half action of NCAA college basketball in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson Illinois Mike Davis pulls down a rebound in front of Penn State's Jeff Brooks in first half action of NCAA college basketball in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Penn State's Andrew Jones dunks a basket for two points against Illinois in first half action of an NCAA college basketball in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson Penn State's Andrew Jones dunks a basket for two points against Illinois in first half action of an NCAA college basketball in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson
Penn State's Andrew Jones pulls in a rebound during second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67.  (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson Penn State's Andrew Jones pulls in a rebound during second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois in State College, Pa. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Illinois won 77-67. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) By Ralph Wilson

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- D.J. Richardson scored 20 points and Illinois staved off a Penn State rally from a double-digit deficit in a 77-67 win Wednesday night to snap the Illini's three-game losing streak.

Down 10 early, the Nittany Lions took a 46-42 lead with 15:06 left after David Jackson's layup capped a 12-0 run. Jackson finished with 13 points, while Talor Battle had a team-high 20.

But a nearly 5-minute Penn State scoring drought gave Illinois (13-8, 5-3 Big Ten) another opening. Despite some choppy play, Mike Davis' jumper and Dominique Keller's buzzer-beating fall-away gave the Illini a 59-53 lead with 4:03 left.

Demetri McCamey's 3 from 20 feet with the shot clock winding down extended the lead to 10 with 2 minutes to go.

It was another crushing loss for the Nittany Lions (8-12, 0-8). Their winless streak in conference play is the school's worst Big Ten start since 2003.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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