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Perfect 10: Badgers win 10th straight over PSU, 54-44



February 8, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. The Badgers won their 10th consecutive matchup against the Nittany Lions, 54-44, Sunday afternoon in the Bryce Jordan Center. Wisconsin (14-9, 5-6) used stifling defensive pressure against Penn State (17-7, 6-5), not allowing a single 3-point basket all game as PSU finished 0-of-14 from beyond the 3-point arc.


Go Beyond the Box for analysis and notes from the win.

Both Wisconsin and Penn State started the game working the ball into the post as the first combined 14 points of the game all came in the paint from both teams. Five minutes into the first, the Badgers went over four and a half minutes without a field goal until Tim Jarmusz pump faked and drained a jumper tying the game 10-10 with 11:15 left.

Penn State took the lead as Talor Battle blocked Jason Bohannon's 3-point try. Battle then got the ball on a run out and scored a lay-up giving Penn State a 18-16 lead with just over five minutes left in the first. Jarmusz sank the first 3-pointer of the game with four minutes left ending a Nittany Lion 6-0 run bringing the Badgers back within one at 20-19.

The Badgers closed the first with a 12-1 run over the final five minutes to open up the half's biggest cushion giving Wisconsin a seven-point lead, 28-21. UW held the Nittany Lions without a field goal for the final 6:01 of the half. The Badgers also owned a 17-12 rebounding advantage and held Penn State without an offensive board in the first half.

Coming out of the break, Trevon Hughes found Jon Leuer wide open for a dunk in the lane giving Wisconsin a 30-23 lead. With 14 minutes left, Leuer had his second uncontested dunk of the half putting UW up 34-28.

With just over eight minutes left, Landry snapped a four minute dry spell for Wisconsin with a bucket down low giving the Badgers a four point lead, 38-34. Joe Krabbenhoft's fade-away jumper over Penn State's Jamelle Cornley gave the UW a six-point lead, 40-34, with 7:06 left.

Wisconsin would then take its largest lead until then at 43-34 thanks to a 7-0 run highlighted by Bohannon's 3-pointer from the corner. Hughes picked up his first bucket of the game with a two-point jumper against the Penn State zone defense leaving UW up by seven points, 45-38. A pair of free throws from Krabbenhoft with just over a minute left and a single free throw from Landry with 44 seconds left sealed the deal for Wisconsin en route to the 54-44 win over Penn State.

Ball security was a top priority for both teams as the Badgers had only six turnovers and the Nittany Lions recorded only seven. Wisconsin scored 30 of its 54 points in the paint and finished the game shooting 43.8 percent (21-48) from the field compared to Penn State's 37.0 percent (17-46).

The potent scoring trio of Battle, Cornley and Stanley Pringle was limited to just 25 total points on 10-of-32 shooting as Wisconsin held Penn State to its lowest-scoring output of the season.

Up next, the Badgers return to the Kohl Center for a two-game homestand vs. Iowa on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, and Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 14th. Tip-off with the Hawkeyes is set for 7:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. Visit UWBadgers.com for the latest information.

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