Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored 18 points and Penn State beat Northwestern 59-52 to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Nittany Lions (8-14, 1-10) picked up their first Big Ten win and stopped their longest skid since a 14-game streak during the 2012-13 season.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 9 Michigan State dropped three spots in the Top 25 rankings after losing two straight for the first time this season. The Spartans got knocked around and beaten by previously slumping Indiana 79-75 in overtime on their home court Saturday, nearly a week after losing by 10 points at No. 15 Purdue. They should have a shot to get their swagger back at Illinois and at home against middle-of-the-pack Minnesota.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Freshman Shakira Austin scored 17 points to help No. 10 Maryland beat Illinois 80-66. Taylor Mikesell added 14 points for Maryland (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten), which moved into a tie with Rutgers for the top spot in the conference.