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Wisconsin 63, Penn State 60

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Wisconsin continued its recent road mastery of Penn State on Sunday but needed every second to do so.

Traevon Jackson's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the No. 22 Badgers a 63-60 win over Penn State in the Bryce Jordan Center and their eighth win in their last nine trips to Happy Valley.

Jackson led four Badgers in double figures with 15 points and was 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Sam Dekker had 14 points, Ben Brust scored 13 and Jared Berggren added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Wisconsin (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten), which shot 50 percent from the field in the second half.

The Nittany Lions (10-20, 2-16), who were looking for their third win in four games, got 23 points from Jermaine Marshall and 22 from D.J. Newbill.

Newbill tied the score with a mid-range jumper with 5.6 seconds left after Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz threw an inbounds pass off Brust's hand and out of bounds.

Penn State's Nick Colella nearly came up with a steal in the Wisconsin backcourt on the next inbound pass but had to settle for a tie-up. The possession arrow went to the Badgers with 3.3 seconds left, and Jackson drove nearly the length of the floor before pulling up from the left wing and burying the 3-pointer with a hand in his face.

Bruesewitz made two free throws to give the Badgers a 60-56 lead with 33 seconds left. Newbill, who also had five assists and just one turnover, cut that deficit with a hesitation layup with 25 seconds left.

Wisconsin looked poised to pull away early, hitting six of its first eight shots from the field in taking a 16-7 lead. But the Nittany Lions answered with a 13-2 run and led 25-24 at the half. Marshall and Newbill both had 10 points at the break.

Penn State led 50-48 when Marshall went to the bench with his fourth personal foul with 6:21 to play. The Nittany Lions managed only two points in the next four minutes.

NOTES: Five of Penn State's nine conference home games have been played against Top-25 ranked opponents. ... Wisconsin has the nation's third-toughest schedule, according to Sagarin. Penn State has the nation's fourth-toughest schedule. ... Wisconsin has beaten Penn State in 18 straight games when scoring 60 points or more.
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