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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Illinois upsets No. 9 Penn State to break losing streak

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu's (11) scores two of his 24 points Tuesday night against Penn State. Illinois upset No. 9 Penn State 62-56. [AP Photo/Gary M. Baranec]
Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu's (11) scores two of his 24 points Tuesday night against Penn State. Illinois upset No. 9 Penn State 62-56. [AP Photo/Gary M. Baranec]

Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points and Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak with a 62-56 victory over No. 9 Penn State on Tuesday night.

Kofi Cockburn added 14 points for the Fighting Illini (17-9, 9-6 Big Ten), who led most of the way and ended Penn State's eight-game winning streak. The win also snapped Illinois' six-game losing streak against Penn State.

Lamar Stevens scored 13 points for the Nittany Lions (20-6, 10-5), who entered with their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 since they were No. 9 at the same point of the 1996 season.

NO. 5 DAYTON 66, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 61: Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points and Dayton held off a late challenge and beat VCU for the Flyers' 15th consecutive victory. Odi Toppin added 12 points and Trey Landers 11 for the Flyers (24-2, 13-0 Atlantic 10). They were the highest ranked team ever to play on VCU's home floor.

NO. 7 MARYLAND 76, NORTHWESTERN 67: Jalen Smith had 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double, and Maryland extended its winning streak to nine games. Smith achieved his 17th double-double of the season by halftime. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 for the Terrapins (22-4, 12-3 Big Ten), who never trailed in improving their record at home to 15-0.

NO. 8 FLORIDA STATE 82, PITTSBURGH 67: Patrick Williams scored 16 points, Anthony Polite had 10 points and six rebounds and Florida State pulled away in the second half against Pittsburgh. Williams, a freshman forward, scored in double figures for the 10th time this season as the Seminoles (22-4, 12-3 ACC) improved to 14-0 at home.

NO. 10 KENTUCKY 79, LSU 76: Immanuel Quickley scored 21 points to lead the Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 SEC).

NO. 15 CREIGHTON 73, NO. 19 MARQUETTE 65: Ty-Shon Alexander scored 22 points and Marcus Zegarowski added 17, leading Creighton (21-6, 10-4 Big East) to its eighth win in nine games.

FLORIDA 73, ARKANSAS 59: Keyontae Johnson scored a career-high 24 points, Andrew Nembhard added 17 as the Gators beat Arkansas for their 11th victory in the last 12 meetings.The Gators (17-9, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) also extended their winning streak against the Razorbacks in Gainesville to 14. Arkansas (16-10, 4-9) hasn't won in the O'Connell Center since Feb. 28, 1995.

WOMEN

NO. 2 BAYLOR 77, TEXAS TECH 62: Baylor's Kim Mulkey became the fastest Division I men's or women's coach to 600 wins, reaching the milestone when Juicy Landrum scored 19 points to lift the Lady Bears to a victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday night. The Lady Bears (24-1, 13-0 Big 12) broke open a tie game by scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter. They extended a pair of Big 12 records with their 54th consecutive league win and 43rd straight road victory in conference play.

Wire reports

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