Happ leads No. 22 Wisconsin to win over Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) — Ethan Happ had 22 points and eight rebounds as No. 22 Wisconsin stopped a two-game slide by routing Penn State 71-52 on Sunday night.

The struggling Nittany Lions were without coach Patrick Chambers, who was suspended for the game after shoving Penn State freshman guard Myles Dread during a timeout Thursday in a loss at Michigan. Chambers apologized and said he was just trying to get the best out of Dread.

Brad Davison added 14 points and Nate Reuvers scored 11 for Wisconsin (11-4, 3-1 Big Ten), which beat the Nittany Lions for the 11th straight time. Coming off seven-point losses to Western Kentucky and Minnesota, the Badgers led by as many as 24 and maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half.

Lamar Stevens scored 22 points and Mike Watkins grabbed 10 rebounds for Penn State (7-8, 0-4).

The Badgers took control with a 22-6 run over 8:53 of the first half. They opened their biggest lead of the half when Davison hit his second 3-pointer to make it 29-13 with 3:52 left.

Stevens scored five of Penn State’s next 10 points and Dread added a 3 to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 33-23 at halftime.

The Nittany Lions got no closer as the Badgers opened the second period with 10 straight points as part of a 16-2 spurt.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers needed to generate some momentum heading into games against Purdue, Maryland and No. 2 Michigan.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are desperate to establish some consistency. They’ve used six starting lineups and haven’t won back-to-back games since their first two this season.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Plays at Purdue on Friday.

Penn State: Plays at No. 24 Nebraska on Thursday.

Women’s

Rutgers 74, Penn State 61

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Senior Teniya Page scored 23 points and sophomore Alisia Smith recorded her fourth double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Penn State suffered a 74-61 road loss at red-hot Rutgers in Big Ten action Sunday afternoon.

The Scarlet Knights shot 51.9 percent (14-for-27) from the field in the second half to turn a two-point halftime lead into a 74-61 victory as Rutgers collected its sixth-straight win.

Page’s 23 points marked her fourth-straight 20-plus point effort and ninth overall on the season. She moved into seventh place on the Penn State career scoring leaderboard in the process, as her career total now sits at an impressive 1,901 points.

Smith’s fourth double-double of the season was comprised of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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