University Park, PA – Traevon Jackson buried a deep 3-pointer as time expired to lift No. 22 Wisconsin to a 63-60 win over Penn State on Sunday.
A pair of Mike Bruesewitz free throws put the Badgers up 60-56 with 33 seconds left, but D.J. Newbill's layup eight seconds later made it a two-point game.
Bruesewitz threw the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds, giving the Nittany Lions a chance to tie the game.
Newbill bricked a jumper with nine seconds left, but Nick Colella grabbed the rebound and found Newbill, who knocked down a jumper from the left elbow to tie the game with five seconds remaining.
Wisconsin tried to roll the ball upcourt to preserve time, but Colella dove for it and caused a jump ball with three seconds left. The Badgers had the possession arrow so they retained possession with just over three seconds left.
Jackson took the inbounds pass on the left sideline and quickly dribbled up court and swished a deep trey from the left wing for the win.
Trae (Jackson) blew by the guy so I was `Ready, ready,' The official knew to look at me. We can't get a better shot than that on an out-of-bounds play with 0.6 or whatever. So he knew, there was no hesitation. You advance it and if you have a look. It was a tough shot." Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.
Jackson finished with 15 points, Ben Brust added 13 and Jared Berggren chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten), who had dropped back-to-back games entering the contest.
"He doesn't waver. And you don't have to be a true point guard, you don't have to be a shooting guard, you don't have to be a point-forward to be able to make shots when they matter," Ryan said of Jackson.
Following Michigan's 72-71 loss to Indiana, Wisconsin earned the fourth seed and a first round bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Jermaine Marshall scored a game-high 23 points and Newbill added 22 points and five assists for Penn State (10-20, 2-16), who will face Michigan in the first round for the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.
"We started in zone and our zone has been great over the last week or two. They run a lot of stuff very similar to Northwestern that will slow you down, back cuts and a lot of threes. We were doing a good job in our zone taking away threes," Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers said. "Early on, for whatever reason, we didn't do a great job - (Ben) Brust got loose a couple of times. I didn't think we started the game with a great sense of urgency, but then we definitely picked it up after the first media timeout."
Wisconsin led 16-7 nearly seven minutes in, but the Lions used a 13-2 run to go up 20-18 with 7 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.
Brust made back-to-back jumpers to put Wisconsin on top 22-21 with just over four minutes to go, but Newbill knocked down a pair of jumpers to give Penn State a three-point edge with 45 seconds left. Bruesewitz sunk a pair of free throws at the end of the half to make it 25-24 entering the break.
Ross Travis' layup with 15:07 left gave Penn State a 33-30 edge, but the Baddgers scored five unanswered to take a 35-33 lead nearly a minute later.
The teams traded makes until Sam Dekker drained a triple with 11:13 left to give the Badgers a 43-38 lead. The Lions, though, scored seven straight to go up 45-43 with just over nine minutes left.
Wisconsin held a 53-52 edge following Berggren's dunk at the 5:19 mark and pushed their spread to 58-54 following Jackson's triple with two minutes to play.
The Badgers shot just 37 percent (10-for-27) in the first half ... Dekker scored 14 points off the bench for Wisconsin ... Penn State outscored Wisconsin by a 30-20 margin in the paint ... Wisconsin's bench outscored Penn State's reserves 30-20.