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We’re only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, and there’s only a handful of games left for teams to pick up signature wins. This weekend, some did, and some didn’t.
Penn State, you did it again. For the second consecutive year, THON, the school’s annual fundraiser, set a record for money raised to help fight pediatric cancer. This year, the students’ 46 straight hours of dancing, which concluded at 4 p.m. Sunday, resulted in $12.3 million. Add it all up, and since the event debuted in 1977, it’s raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glenn Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help No. 4 Michigan bounce back from an embarrassing loss with a 79-71 victory over Penn State on Sunday.
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Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers pledged to donate $10 to THON 2013 for every student who attended the Iowa-Penn State game Thursday night. Friday, before the students embarked on 46 consecutive hours of dancing, Chambers addressed the THON participants and presented a $14,200 check from the men’s basketball program.
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Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned.
Devyn Marble scored 22 points and Melsahn Basabe blocked a potential game-tying layup with 21 seconds left to help Iowa hold off Penn State 74-72 on Thursday night. Iowa (16-9, 5-7 Big Ten) led by at least 10 twice in the game but couldn’t put away the league’s last-place team until late.
Kara Lentz takes a look at the Penn State women’s ice hockey team which is playing its first season as a varsity team. Watch the feature now as Lentz talks with head coach Josh Brandwene and various players.