INDIANAPOLIS -- Talor Battle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to help Penn State defeat Michigan State 61-48 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals on Saturday and advance to the final for the first time.
Battle made six 3-pointers, including four during a 2:35 stretch in the second half that put the Nittany Lions (19-13) in control for good.
Tim Frazier had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for sixth-seeded Penn State, which will play No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State on Sunday for an automatic NCAA tournament berth. The Nittany Lions haven't reached the NCAA tournament since 2001.
The Nittany Lions have allowed 45.3 points per game in their three tournament wins.