Tucker comes on late as Wisconsin routs Penn StateFeb 17, 2007 - 11:11 PM MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- After watching what Penn State nearly did against Ohio State earlier in the week, Alando Tucker and Wisconsin dropped the hammer in the second half.
Tucker scored 16 of his 22 points after intermission as the third-ranked Badgers rolled to their fifth straight win, a 75-49 victory over the lowly Nittany Lions in a Big Ten Conference contest.
Wisconsin (26-2, 12-1 Big Ten) set a school record for most wins in a single season, winning its 21st consecutive home game.
Despite being in the midst of a lengthy losing streak, Penn State (10-15, 1-11) nearly turned the tables on co-Big Ten leader Ohio State on Wednesday in a 64-62 loss. Trailing 40-19 at the half, the Nittany Lions had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds but Mike Walker's 3-pointer was off the mark.
Ending the first half on an 18-7 run to take a 36-25 advantage at the break, Wisconsin continued to apply the pressure in the second half behind Tucker.
Recording his seventh consecutive effort with 20 or more points, Tucker contributed 12 during a 22-6 burst, giving the Badgers a 64-39 advantage with 7:56 remaining.
"It was commented that we were down 10 at half and he wasn't playing good," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "It was a little of a concern. He moves without the ball so well and he takes good shots.
"He made some shots in the second half, got some rolls to go, and felt a little better about himself and that got the team going. In the first half we tried to find him in the zone more, but obviously not in the second."
Tucker made the Nittany Lions pay for not finding him defensively, hitting two of his three 3-pointers during the spurt to highlight a sizzling effort from the arc by the Badgers.
Kammron Taylor went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and reserve Jason Bohannon added three from the arc for Wisconsin, which tied a season high with 12 3-pointers, shooting 52 percent (12-of-23) from long range.
"If you're not stretching the defense, you have to hit some and against a team like that playing the way they were, you're going to take more outside shots," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said about the 3-point shooting. "It's just natural. You're going to hit some, and our guys did."
Tucker finished 8-of-15 from the field and Taylor ended with 18 points for the Badgers, who took advantage of 18 turnovers by the Nittany Lions, converting them into 20 points.
"Well we had 18 turnovers in the game, that is hard," DeChellis said. "We had some unforced walks and then two or three charges in the first half that really hurt us.
"Some of those turnovers were in the backcourt that led to some easy baskets and there's not a lot of defense for that. Again, we just turned it over and we were not smart with the ball."
Bohannon ended up with 11 points and Jason Chappell grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots for Wisconsin, which held a 25-2 advantage in bench points and 30-23 edge on boards.
Geary Claxton scored 15 points and Jamelle Cornley had 12 for Penn State, which absorbed its 11th straight loss.
That duo, which scored 25 of 33 points in the second half to engineer the scare against Ohio State, managed just 13 after intermission for the Nittany Lions, who have dropped their last 10 games here.
- NCAA BB
FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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PENN ST 25 24 49
WISCONSIN (3) 36 39 75 FINAL
Feb 17 2:00 PM
- NCAA BB
PENN ST 25
WISCONSIN (3) 36 HALFTIME
Feb 17 1:02 PM
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