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"It was kind of scrambled in the huddle for us to figure it out. There were a lot of communication problems but it didn't work out," Paul said. "I wish it went the other way. I'd rather just step off, then make a play but it didn't happen that way."
Illinois couldn't exploit that Frazier, Penn State's point guard, picked up his fourth foul with 5:12 left and the Illini down a point.
Cammeron Woodyard finished with 17 points for Penn State, while Marshall finished with seven points and five rebounds.
But the highlight of Marshall's night was his lunging tip to deflect Maniscalco's shot at the end of the game.
Illinois' poor start from the field warmed Nittany Lions fans hoping to witness another tight game with the Illini on a chilly, snowy night in Happy Valley. Five of the last eight games in the series have been decided by two points or less. Penn State won 57-55 at home last season, over then-No. 16 Illinois.
They pulled out another close one, this time to get Chambers his first victory over a ranked opponent in Happy Valley.
Wearing an alternate, all-gray uniform for the first time in program history, the Nittany Lions scored another key win over Illinois to rock the Jordan Center. Paul scored nine points in the first half, when Illinois shot just 8 of 24 from the field to trail 25-23.
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