Penn State falls short vs. Wisconsin
UNIVERSITY PARK – Tony Carr’s potential game-winning 3-pointer missed right as Penn State dropped its conference home opener to Wisconsin, 64-63, Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Nittany Lions’ struggled offensively on the night, shooting just 2-for-14 from behind the 3-point-line.
Carr, who is the team’s leading scorer, was held to just 16 points in the game, with 14 coming in the second-half.
Sophomore Mike Watkins led the Nittany Lions in scoring with 22 points.
Watkins, who has continued to show signs of improvement since last season, added eight rebounds to go with his seven blocks in the loss.
Wisconsin outscored Penn State’s bench 25-1 over the course of the game.
Penn State cut the once 17-point lead to just one with 14 seconds, but the combination of Wisconsin’s bench play and its ability to control the tempo of the game, earned the Badgers their first Big Ten win of the season.
With the loss, Penn State fell to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten conference.
Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers was happy to give Carr the final shot with the game on the line.
“We had the ball down one with 10 seconds and the ball was in our best player’s hand,” Chambers said. “That’s all we can ask for.”
Penn State is back in action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Bryce Jordan Center.