No. 17 Badgers spread out scoring to outlast Penn St.

MADISON, Wis. -- Josh Gasser helped take the pressure off
senior point guard Jordan Taylor and lead Wisconsin (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) to a big
win on Sunday.

Gasser scored 15 points, one of four Badgers in double figures,
to help Wisconsin hold off Penn State 65-55.

"Anytime you can have multiple weapons out there who can score
it's going to help your team," Gasser said. "I think the games
that we've played our best offensively are the games where it's
been pretty spread out scoring. Anytime that can happen, it takes a
lot of pressure off Jordan."

Jared Berggren added 13 points, and Ryan Evans and Taylor scored
11 each for the Badgers (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who have won eight of
their past 10 games and maintained their grip on fourth place in a
tight conference race.

Wisconsin reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth straight
season and ninth time in coach Bo Ryan's 11 seasons.

Prior to Ryan's arrival in 2001-02, the Badgers had a total of
four 20-win seasons.

Wisconsin earned the win because it started making 3-pointers.

The Badgers entered the day seventh in the league in 3-point
shooting (35.1 percent), but only shooting 32.9 percent at home.

After missing its first two attempts, Wisconsin hit seven of its
next 12 in the first half, including one on five straight
possessions, to build a 35-21 halftime lead.

The biggest catalyst in that half was Gasser, who hit a
3-pointer on three straight possessions that put the Badgers on a
15-2 run, building a 27-13 lead after 13 minutes.

Wisconsin finished 11 of 22 from 3-point range, its best rate in
more than a month and helped wash out the 5-for-24 shooting from
Thursday's loss at Michigan State (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP).

"When shots are falling, everything seems to be going a little
bit better," Gasser said. "Within our offense, we just got out in
transition a little bit, got a few easy looks and those are always
nice. Anytime you can knock down a few, you are going to be a
little bit aggressive going forward."

The Nittany Lions (12-16, 4-11) came in riding their first
two-game win streak since Dec. 18-21 and were trying to break a
15-game winless streak in Madison when they used a 17-2 run in the
second half to cut the lead to 51-46 with 5:48 remaining.

That's as close as it would get, as Berggren hit a pair of
3-pointers to help Wisconsin close on a 14-9 run.

"Those two 3s (Berggren) hit were to me the difference because
I thought we battled back and did some good things," Penn State
coach Pat Chambers said," but they were daggers."

Tim Frazier scored 20 points for the Nittany Lions to becoming
the first Lions player to eclipse 500 points, 150 assists and 50
steals in the same season, but it wasn't enough for Penn State to
avoid falling to 1-10 on the road overall and 0-8 on the road in

"All that does is show what comes through with my coaches and
teammates, the credibility and giving me the opportunity as far as
assists go," Frazier said. "I give it all (credit) to my team. I
don't take any individual credit for that at all."

Wisconsin survived a 32-8 disadvantage in points in the paint
and turning the ball over 12 times by outrebounding Penn State
38-27 thanks in large part to Mike Bruesewitz's career-high 12

"Mike was into the game," Ryan said. "Mike gave what he had.
He's a sparkplug that way."

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