Wisconsin 82

(17-7, 7-4 Big Ten)

Penn State 62

(11-11, 3-8 Big Ten)

    4:00 PM ET, February 11, 2006

    Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania

    1 2 T
    WIS 34 4882
    PSU 36 2662

    Top Performers

    Wisconsin: B. Butch 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast

    Penn State: G. Claxton 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Wisconsin 82, Penn State 62

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Brian Butch scored a career-high 23 points and had 12 rebounds and Kammron Taylor added 24 points as Wisconsin used its height advantage to defeat the Nittany Lions 82-62 Saturday to keep pace in the tight Big Ten race.

    The 6-foot-11 Butch assumed much of the scoring load with Wisconsin's leading scorer, Alondo Tucker, on the bench with foul trouble early in the second half. He towered over the Nittany Lions' front line, often scoring on putbacks or easy layups.

    Taylor foiled Penn State from the outside, going 6-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. Butch, who shot 11-of-15 from the field, and Taylor sparked a second-half run that overcame a 36-34 halftime deficit for Wisconsin (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten).

    The win allowed the Badgers to stay one game back of No. 18 Iowa in the conference standings after the Hawkeyes defeated No. 24 Indiana on Saturday.

    Six-foot-5 Geary Claxton led Penn State (11-11, 3-8) with 21 points and nine rebounds while 6-foot-6 Jamelle Cornley added 14 points, all in the first half. Penn State lost despite just three turnovers in the game.

    Claxton, Cornley and 6-foot-5 forward Travis comprised the Nittany Lions' starting front line against Wisconsin, which started four players 6-6 or taller. They used that height advantage to outrebound Penn State 45-24, including 18-6 on the offensive end.

    Parker hit a foul-line jumper to give Penn State a 38-34 lead about 15 seconds into the second half, but the Nittany Lions then failed to get a field goal for more than seven minutes. Butch scored on an assortment of easy inside buckets and Taylor nailed a trey to help the Badgers get out to a 50-40 lead, and the Badgers were never threatened again.

    The Nittany Lions have lost two straight at home since upsetting Illinois last Saturday on the road.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 62
    FG Made-Attempted 33-66 (.500) 23-55 (.418)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 8-16 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-11 (.545) 8-14 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 23 5

    2005-06 Season

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