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Penn State Fans Storm Court After Stunning Comeback Against No. 12 Illinois

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Penn State returned to Rec Hall in style.

In the first conference home game at the nearly 100-year-old venue since 1996, Penn State stormed back down seven points in the final minute to stun No. 12 Illinois 90-89. 

Illinois forward Coleman Hawkins missed two free throws in front of the student section after appearing to travel with the basketball but was assessed a foul to send him to the line. Trailing 89-87 with 27 seconds left, Zach Hicks drained three clutch free throws with four seconds left after being contacted behind the line.

A White Out crowd embraced Penn State on the home floor following the upset and PSU’s second top-15 home victory.

The “Return to Rec” ended in a stunning and incredible way (and should happen more often). 

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