MADISON, Wisc. (AP)Steven Crowl scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Wisconsin held on to continue its Madison mastery over Penn State, beating the Nittany Lions 63-60 on Tuesday night.
Tyler Wahl returned to the lineup for Wisconsin (12-5, 4-3 Big Ten) following a three-game absence from the lineup due to injury in which the Badgers lost all three. Wahl had 10 points and finished 3-for-10 shooting but buried his lone 3-point attempt.
Chucky Hepburn scored 13 points for Wisconsin and Connor Essegian 10.
Hepburn made two foul shots with seven seconds left to cap the scoring. Following a Penn State (12-6, 3-4) timeout, Andrew Funk’s 3 attempt bounced off the back of the rim and Jordan Davis secured the long rebound to end it.
Myles Dread’s 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining reduced the Nittany Lions’ deficit to 61-60, but Penn State failed to score again as it missed its last four-shot attempts and committed a turnover.
Jalen Pickett scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Penn State. Funk finished with 16 points shooting 3 for 8 from beyond the arc and Dread, a reserve, scored 11.
Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Kohl Center, where Wisconsin moved its record to 19-0 against Penn State. The Nittany Lions haven’t beaten the Badgers in Wisconsin since 1995 in the Badgers’ former home, the UW Field House.
The Badgers are 23-2 all-time against Penn State at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin suffocated Northwestern 56-33 in the Kohl Center’s debut on Jan. 17, 1998.
The Nittany Lions host Nebraska on Saturday. Wisconsin travels to Northwestern on Saturday.
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