It wasn’t easy, but the 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers held off gritty Penn
State 52-46 to earn their 6th straight win. The Badgers (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten) moved into second place in the Big Ten standings, 1/2 game behind the first place Ohio State Buckeyes. The Badgers and Buckeyes will square off on Saturday at the Kohl Center.
Jordan Taylor scored 18 for the Badgers, including 6 free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Wisconsin started slow, shooting just under 27% from the field in the first half and trailing 23-17 at the break. But the Badgers quickly turned that deficit into a lead early in the second half.
Ryan Evans added 11 points and Jared Berggren 10 points for the Badgers.
Guard Tim Frazier scored 21 points to lead Penn State. 17 of the 21 came in the second half.