Anytime the Penn State Nittany Lions started to make a run and came within three points, the Wisconsin Badgers would shut the door and come up with a big defensive stop or hit a big shot.
The Badgers withstood a couple of runs by the Nittany Lions and came away with a 71-66 victory Sunday, their seventh win in a row. It also marks the eighth road win for the Badgers as well.
Even with D.J. Newbill playing exceptionally well, Penn State could not get any closer than two points as some timely defense and shooting helped the Badgers come away with another tough Big Ten road victory.
Newbill led all scorers with 23 points, but his Penn State teammates did not provide much help. The team’s second leading scorer on the season Tim Frazier was held to 10 points, mainly because he was on the bench most of the game with foul trouble.
But just as the Nittany Lions were making a run and close within two or three points, it was Ben Brust who would take the wind out of the sails not only of the team but the crowd as well. Brust hit some timely shots halfway through the second half to finish with 14 points and hit four three pointers as well.
Josh Gasser led the team in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
The Badgers held the Nittany Lions to only one three-point basket in the game, but allowed them to get in the paint numerous times as Penn State scored 50 points in the lane. Anytime Frank Kaminsky left the game, Penn State took advantage and would drive to the hoop at will.
When the dust settled however, the Badgers came away with another tough conference victory on the road. With the win Wisconsin now moves into a tie for second place in the Big Ten with Michigan State, although Bucky holds the tie breaker over the Spartans.
Up next for Wisconsin is senior night Wednesday as they host the Purdue Boilermakers. Tip off is set from 8:00 p.m CT and can be seen on the Big Ten Network or heard on the Badgers Radio Network.