Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall in Battle at Wisconsin, 60-51
Second Half Update: Wisconsin 60, Penn State 51
Despite shooting one free throw all game, the Nittany Lions were able to claw their way out of an 11-point hole to within one point with just under three minutes to play. The Badgers, who struggled from the line all night (13-for-26) hit four of their last six attempts to help seal the deal against a feisty Penn State squad.
Penn State shot 46 percent from the field on the game and 37 percent from behind the arc. Jermaine Marshall contributed 19 points while DJ Newbill added 12 points and four assists. The sophomore guard added another thunderous slam midway through the half that had the fans inside the Kohl Center gasping in their seats. Freshman Brandon Taylor was effective again, scoring eight points in his Big Ten debut.
The Nittany Lions were held to only one basket over the final 2:52 of play.
While PSU coach Pat Chambers is not one for moral victories, a close game in a historically difficult place to play to open the Big Ten season ought to sit well with the second-year head coach.
Halftime Update: Wisconsin 29, Penn State 18
Penn State opened up Big Ten play Thursday night against Wisconsin in Madison, looking for its first win in the Kohl Center.
The Nittany Lions started off strong, matching the Badgers shot-for-shot in the early going, but 10 first-half turnovers by Penn State helped turn a four-point lead into an 11-point deficit as Wisconsin went on a 19-4 run to close out the half.
Jermaine Marshall led the Nittany Lions in the opening half with eight points, and DJ Newbill added four, including a highlight reel dunk over two Badger defenders. Despite the 11-point hold, the Nittany Lions shot the ball at a 37 percent clip, two percent better than the Badgers.
Penn State also holds a 16-13 advantage on the glass, and the teams are a combined 1-for-13 from behind the arc, with Penn State attempting two of those 13.