Remembering Penn State's last loss at Michigan State, Talor Battle delivered a victory the Nittany Lions fans won't soon forget.
Battle scored a career-high 29 points in Penn State's 72-68 victory over the No. 9 Spartans on Sunday, but wouldn't take credit for the win — or the blame for Penn State's 0-16 record in previous visits to East Lansing.
"I guess we made history, huh?" Battle said. "Coach mentioned that we hadn't won here. But I wasn't on those other Penn State teams. This is the '08-09 team. And we weren't going to lose by 37 like last year."
Battle and Jamelle Cornley made sure of that, despite nearly giving the game to Michigan State with a 1-for-8 stretch at the foul line.
"This win shows what we're all about," said Cornley, who added 16 points. "We're a very experienced team. And when we get down, we're relentless."
Battle was 11-for-19 from the field and 6-for-12 from three-point range, as Ed DeChellis' team (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) shot 56.3 percent from the field.
"He's a big-game player," DeChellis said. "He loves this atmosphere. He wanted the ball. And we kept letting him have the ball."
Kalin Lucas had 23 points but missed a tying free throw and an off-balance three in the final 12 seconds for the Spartans (17-4, 7-2), who played without Raymar Morgan (walking pneumonia) for 37 minutes.
No. 1 Duke 79, Virginia 54: Gerald Henderson scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to lead Duke past Virginia. The host Blue Devils wrapped up what surely will be a one-week run as the nation's top-ranked team with a dominating effort that helped them bounce back from a last-second loss to Wake Forest.
No. 19 Illinois 62, Iowa 54: Mike Tisdale scored 18 points and host Illinois rebounded from its worst offensive showing in more than two decades by hanging on to beat Iowa. Held to their lowest point total in 24 years in a 59-36 loss at Minnesota on Thursday, the Illini just got by the Big Ten's 10th-place team.
No. 21 Villanova 71, Cincinnati 50: Dante Cunningham scored 21 points, Scottie Reynolds added 11 and Villanova rallied from an early deficit for a home victory.