MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Tyler Wahl scored a breakthrough goal with just 30.5 seconds left to help No. 11 Wisconsin win 51-49 over Penn State on Saturday, extending the Badgers’ home win streak in this series.
After the Myles Dread layup with 51 seconds remaining, the 9-0 speed limit to end the game for Penn State (9-10, 4-7 Big Ten), Wahl’s basket gave Wisconsin the lead.
Wisconsin (18-4, 9-3) still had two fouls and used both in the next 24 seconds. With 6.1 seconds remaining, Penn State’s Jalen Pickett hit a pass inside the box to Dread, who had a 3-point deep bounce off the rim after Wahl pulled down his rebound.
The Badgers have won their last 21 home games with Penn State, who have not beaten Wisconsin in Madison since a 78-67 win on January 26, 1995. Wisconsin leads 42-11 in the series and has won 16 games overall last 17 meetings.
Wisconsin took this win despite receiving little production from all-American candidate Johnny Davis, who shot 2 out of 13 and scored only four.
Steven Crowl has 13 points and 5 career-high assists for Wisconsin, also 12 from Wahl and 10 from Chucky Hepburn. Sam Sessoms scored 14 points to lead the Nittany Lions.
Penn State affairs this time got off to a good start before it reached Madison.
Delays on the team’s charter flight meant the Nittany Lions couldn’t leave State College, Pennsylvania, until Saturday at 1:45 p.m. EST. The Nittany Lions landed in Madison at 2:30 CST, about two and a half hours before the scheduled time.
Those commuting problems may have explained this game’s slow start.
Wisconsin took an 18-13 lead after a bad first half, where teams combined 21.3% (13 of 61) shots from the floor, 9.1% (2 of 22) from 3-pointers and 42.9% (3/7) from the free throw line.
The Nittany Lions missed 19 of their first 20 shots and scored just three in the first 12:57. Penn State had a goal drought that lasted nearly 10 and a half minutes.
Both teams warmed up in the second half.
Penn State erased the 12-point deficit early and took a 35-34 lead on the Sessoms’ 3-pointers with 9:13 remaining. After Wahl quickly put Wisconsin in the lead, a Sessoms shot and Greg Lee’s three-pointer gave Penn State a 40-36 lead with a 7:42 score.
Wisconsin responded with 13 consecutive points to regain the top spot. Crowl sinks two pointers and has a pair of assists in the dash.
But Penn State responded on its own with a surge, setting up Wahl’s big play at the last minute.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions’ commuting problems this weekend capped a tough run they rarely get to play at home. Penn State has played four of the last five games on the road and has played only one at home — a 90-86 extra-time victory over Iowa on Monday — in the past three-and-a-half weeks. Penn State plays five of the next seven games at home.
Wisconsin: The Badgers showed they can win even if they don’t get much from Davis or Brad Davison, who scored 9 points and shot 3 out of 10. But the lack of fouls is of concern. Wisconsin has had nine of 45 shots from three points in its last two games. … Badgers improved to 11-1 in the deciding game with six points or less.
After losing to Illinois and struggling to beat Penn State this week, Wisconsin is expected to drop a few spots in Monday’s Top 25.
Wisconsin: Ranked 13th in Michigan on Tuesday.
Penn State: Hosts Michigan on Tuesday.
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