Badgers fall short to Penn State in Big Ten tournament




March 11, 2011

6 Penn State 36, 3 Wisconsin 33
2011 Big Ten Tournament - Quarterfinal
Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind.

1st 2nd Final
 Penn State (17-13, 9-9) 20 16 36
 Wisconsin (23-8, 13-5) 16 17 33
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.333 .294
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 Defensive Rebounds 22 18
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An outstanding rally brought Wisconsin back to even on Friday, but the Badgers never could manage to find the lead.

That left the 13th-ranked Badgers (23-8) on the short end of a 36-33 decision at the hands of Penn State (18-13) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Wisconsin got a game-high 16 points from Jordan Taylor and another 10 from Jon Leuer, but managed just seven more as a team.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers close first half on 14-2 run
• Taylor scores game-high 16 points for Badgers

Both teams struggled to produce offensively, with No. 6 seed Penn State shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and the No. 3 seed Badgers even colder at 29.4 percent.

The Nittany Lions connected on just 3-of-12 attempts from 3-point range (25 percent), but the Badgers finished 2-for-21 (9.5 percent) from beyond the arc.

For all its stuggles on the offensive end, UW used a strong defensive stand over the final 10 minutes of the first half to battle back from the 18-2 run Penn State used to open the game.

By holding the Nittany Lions without a field goal over the final 9:58 of the period, the Badgers finished the opening stanza on a 14-2 run. They eventually matched Penn State by tying the score at 22-22, 24-24 and, eventually, 26-26 with 10:37 remaining.

Penn State then got a 3-pointer and another jumper from Talor Battle and connected on 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to open a cushion that grew to as many as five points.

Keaton Nankivil splashed a 3-pointer with 1 minute to play, cutting the Nittany Lions' advantage to two, at 35-33.

After Taylor misfired on a 3-pointer that would have given UW its first lead, Battle went 1-of-2 at the free-throw line with 11 seconds left to extend the margin to three.

Taylor had another look from 3-point range in the waning seconds but misfired to seal the victory for Penn State.

The Badgers now await their NCAA tournament fate, which they will learn at 5 p.m. (CT) Sunday with the Selection Show on CBS.

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