Sat. Final: Wisconsin 65, Penn State 61
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan had only one minor quibble with Marcus Landry's performance Saturday.
His emphatic block in the closing minutes landed in the hands of Penn State's Danny Morrissey, who had a clear shot from behind the 3-point arc.
But Morrissey missed and Landry poured in 23 points to lead the Badgers to a 65-61 Big Ten win over the Nittany Lions on Saturday, so Ryan wasn't about to complain too much.
"He played a complete game, and we needed it," Ryan said.
The victory extended Wisconsin's winning streak over Penn State to nine games. But it was nothing like recent matchups between them, including Wisconsin's two wins last season by an average of more than 30 points.
Wisconsin (11-3, 2-0) couldn't shake Penn State (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) for much of the game, and watched as the Nittany Lions hit 3-pointers on four straight possessions just more than midway through the second half to go up 52-51.
But the Badgers battled back and found some breathing room at 59-54 with less than two minutes to go after Joe Krabbenhoft hit a pair of free throws.
Still, the Nittany Lions continued to respond. Penn State's Jamelle Cornley converted a three-point play, and Stanley Pringle countered a pair of Trevon Hughes free throws with a 3-pointer to make it 61-60.
Landry then hit a turnaround jumper, and Penn State couldn't find one last counter punch.
Talor Battle hit the second of his next two free throws with 13 seconds left to leave the Nittany Lions down 63-61. Penn State then tried to steal as Wisconsin inbounded the ball, but Hughes sprinted up the floor with the ball and found Landry for a final dunk to ice the game.
Jason Bohannon scored 14 points for the Badgers, while Krabbenhoft scored 10 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Hughes also had 10 points.
Penn State normally relies on a three-pronged scoring attack with Cornley, Pringle and Battle all averaging in double figures.
But it was an off game for Battle, who came into Saturday leading the Big Ten in scoring at almost 20 points a game.
He was 2-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, as he scored just six points.
Pringle led Penn State with 26 points, while Cornley added 20.
"We didn't get a third guy scoring the ball at all for us, and we needed a third guy to score the ball," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said.
It was a largely well-played game with both teams shooting better than 43 percent and only 10 turnovers between the two. DeChellis said the difference largely came down to Wisconsin making shots on its final possessions, while the Nittany Lions didn't.
Wisconsin scored on six of its final eight possessions
"That's something we harp on in practice, to get something on every possession," Landry said.
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