8:55 PM ET, March 11, 2011
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
INDIANAPOLIS -- Talor Battle looked better than anyone else on the ugliest night in Big Ten tournament history.At least he scored when nobody else could.The record-breaking guard finished with a team-high nine points Friday, hitting a 3-pointer and a free throw in the closing minutes to give Penn State a 36-33 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin in the lowest-scoring game in the event's 14 years.
• Penn State scored 18 in the first 10 minutes and led 18-2. It then scored 18 points over the final 30 minutes to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2001.
• Talor Battle led the Lions with nine points, making him Penn State's all-time scoring leader with 2,141.
• Battle shot 3 for 18 from the floor while the rest of the team shot 10 for 21.
• Penn State got no points from its bench, and Wisconsin had three starters score.
• The Badgers shot 29.4 percent from the floor, 2 of 21 from 3-point range and made one free throw.
• Penn State's football team scored 36 points three times this season and Wisconsin's scored 33 points seven times, including three games over 70.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Big Ten Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||13-39 (.333)||15-51 (.294)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-12 (.250)||2-21 (.095)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-8 (.875)||1-3 (.333)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
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The 36 points scored by Penn State are the 2nd-fewest scored by a winning team in a conference tournament game over the last 15 seasons. The fewest is 35 points, when George Mason defeated UNC-Wilmington 35-33 in the 2001 CAA Championship game.
Penn State has done this before. Feb. 18, 2009 at Illinois, Penn State won 38-33. Against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Quarterfinals, the Nittany Lions won 36-33. Penn State had ZERO players in double figures They played just 7 guys. The 2 bench players combined to play 10 minutes and didn't score Talor Battle played all 40 minutes, shot 3-18 but led the Nittany Lions with 9 points
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