District roundup: Illinois trounces Penn State men

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Illinois' 75-55 win against Penn State Saturday in Champaign, Ill., featured the Big Ten's two leading scorers, but Penn State's D.J. Newbill did not keep his end of the bargain.

Rayvonte Rice, leading the league at 19 points a game entering Saturday, scored 15 on just seven shots to lead four Illinois players in double figures in front of 15,390 at State Farm Center.

Newbill, the only Big Ten player other than Rice to score 12 or more in every game, saw that streak end when he was ejected with 8:38 left after a retaliatory push to the back of Illinois freshman Kendrick Nunn's head.

"I didn't see it live," Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. "I thought he got bumped, but I don't even know what he did. I'll have to watch it on film on the way home. But D.J. has to keep his composure. We need him out there. Without him, you see the way we played."

Illinois closed on a 23-12 run after Newbill's technical.

Illinois coach John Groce also refrained from comment on the skirmish other than to say he didn't see it live or on replay.

Newbill, three points behind Rice for the Big Ten lead coming in, scored just seven on 2 of 8 shooting. Penn State shot 29.8 percent for the game (17 of 57) .

The Illini (13-2, 2-0) remained in a first-place tie in the Big Ten. Penn State (9-6, 0-2) has dropped five of eight after a 6-1 start.

Pitt transfer John Johnson led all scorers with 18 in his third game with the Nittany Lions.

More district men

■ Alabama 64, Robert Morris 56: Trevor Releford scored 18 points to lead host Alabama (6-7) to a come-from-behind win against the Colonials (5-10).

■ West Virginia 74, TCU 69: Eron Harris scored 22 points, Juwan Staten added 15 and West Virginia (9-5) won at TCU (9-4) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

District women

■ Robert Morris 61, Central Connecticut State 59: Artemis Spanou's 25 points, 16 rebounds and winning 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left helped the Colonials (5-7) rally from a 21-point hole to top the host Blue Devils (6-5) in a Northeast Conference opener.

■ West Virginia 71, Oklahoma State 67: Bria Holmes scored 21 points to lead the Mountaineers (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) to an upset at previously undefeated No. 11 Oklahoma State (12-1, 1-1).

■ VCU 71, Duquesne 68: Robyn Parks scored 31 points to lead the host Rams (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10) to a win despite Wumi Agunbiade's 23 points for the Dukes (9-6, 1-1).

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