State College, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Traevon Jackson sank four of the team’s last six foul shots to help No. 14 Wisconsin survive a tough Penn State side en route to a 71-66 victory Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center.
The Badgers (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) hit 13 of 14 free throws in the final three minutes and 45 seconds, with the only miss coming from Josh Gasser in the last two seconds, as the extended their winning streak to seven games.
The win also tied the Badgers, who are battling for at least a No. 2 seeding in the NCAA tournament, with Michigan State (22-7, 11-5).
Wisconsin holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Spartans for the No. 2 seeding in the Big Ten tournament by virtue of its 60-58 victory in Madison.
The Badgers also remained alive, mathematically, in their chase for a share of the regular-season title. The Badgers trail Michigan (21-7, 13-3) by two games with two games left.
Gasser finished with 15 points, Ben Brust added 14 on 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc and Jackson had 13 points, five assists and two steals for Wisconsin.
Frank Kaminsky added nine points and six rebounds, Sam Dekker added seven points and eight rebounds and freshman Nigel Hayes added nine points and four assists for the Badgers.
D.J. Newbill scored 23 points but had two costly turnovers late in the game as the Nittany Lions (14-15, 5-11) suffered their fifth consecutive loss to Wisconsin.
Forward Ross Travis added 10 points and eight rebounds while foul-plagued Tim Frazier had 10 points and three turnovers for the Nittany Lions.
Fellow guard Tim Frazier, second on the team in scoring at 16.0 points per game, was limited to 10 minutes in the first half because of three fouls.
In the second half, Jackson scored on a drive, found Brust for a three-pointer, stole a pass and then found Gasser for an open three-pointer to help Wisconsin push its lead to 43-33 with 15:54 left.
The Nittany Lions twice pulled within two points but Brust answered both times. He scored inside for a 53-49 lead and drained a three-pointer from the left wing for a 56-51 lead with 8:20 left.