No. 3 Wisconsin hammers Penn State
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker poured in 22 points with six
rebounds and Kammron Taylor added 18 points, as No.3 Wisconsin attacked the
Penn State zone in the second half and pulled away from the Nittany Lions,
75-49, at the Kohl Center.
The teams met for the second time in 10 days, with the Badgers winning a 71-58
contest in Happy Valley. That game was closer than the score indicated with
Wisconsin having trouble with Penn State’s multiple zones.
However, with the Kohl Center as the setting, Wisconsin rolled after a tight
start. The Badgers improved to 18-0 at home, Penn State dropped to 0-8 on the
road, with the Nittany Lions dropping the four previous games at the Kohl
Center by just over 27 points per contest.
Jason Bohannon was a zone breaker with three three-pointers and 11 points
total for Wisconsin (26-2, 12-1 Big Ten), which won its fifth straight contest
and set a single-season wins record in the process.
“If you’re not stretching the defense you have to hit some and against a team
like that playing the way they were youre going to take more outside shots,”
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “It’s just natural. You’re going to hit some,
and our guys did.”
Geary Claxton had 15 points and Jamelle Cornley contributed 12 points for the
struggling Nittany Lions (10-15, 1-11), who have lost 11 straight games after
the best start in the Ed DeChellis era.
“Well we had 18 turnovers in the game, that is hard,” DeChellis said. We had
some unforced walks and then two or three charges in the first half that
really hurt us. I don’t think it was anything special; we just weren’t good
with the ball.”
Tucker struggled in the first half, shooting 1-of-6 from the floor for only
four points. Wisconsin still led 36-25 despite Tucker’s struggles thanks to
the long-distance shooting of Bohannon and Taylor.
The National Player of the Year candidate turned it on in the second half,
tallying 12 of his 16 second-half points during a game-changing 22-6 spurt.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series 19-8…Wisconsin shot 51.9 percent from
the floor, while Penn State made 46.7 percent of its attempts…The Nittany
Lions committed 18 turnovers and were outrebounded 30-23…Penn State
attempted just three free throws, making two, while Wisconsin drained 9-of-15
from the charity stripe.