Ty Wahl made a layup with 31 seconds left in the game as the 11th Wisconsin Badgers win a defensive struggle 51-49 over Penn State on Saturday evening. Wahl’s layup ended a 9-0 run by the Nittany Lions featuring a three-pointer by Seth Lundy and two clutch shots by Myles Dread to tie the game at 49.
Wisconsin (18-4 overall, 10-3 Big Ten Conference) went on a 13-0 run to go up 49-40 with two three-pointers by Stephen Crowl and a three-pointer by Brad Davison.
The game was highlighted by cold shooting by both teams, especially Penn State. The Nittany Lions (9-10 overall, 4-7 Big Ten Conference) went made one of their first 20 field-goal attempts and went 5 for 30 in the first half and going 1 for 12 on three-point attempts. The Badgers were not much better, however, going 8 for 31 in the first half and 1 for 10 on three-point attempts as they led 18-13 at halftime.
It should also be noted that the team had travel delays due to weather issues in the midwest and didn’t arrive at the Kohl Center until about a couple of hours before tip-off.
Sam Sessoms came off the bench and led all scorers with 14 for Penn State who was the only player in double figures on Saturday. Crowl led the Badgers with 13 points, followed by Wahl with 12, and Chucky Hepburn had 10.
Penn State shot 31% for the game, while Wisconsin Shot 37%.
Penn State will come back to the Bryce Jordan on Tuesday night to take on the Michigan Wolverines, while Wisconsin will travel to East Lansing to take on the 13th raked Michigan State Spartans also on Tuesday.