Badget hoopsters fall to Penn State in Big Ten action

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Joe Crispin scored a career-high 31 points to lead Penn State to a 76-61 victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday night.

Jarrett Stephens added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Penn State (11-5, 3-2 Big Ten) while Jon Crispin and Titus Ivory each added 12 points.

Mark Vershaw had 14 points for Wisconsin (9-8, 1-4) and Jon Bryant added 12.

The Nittany Lions won their third in a row and scored more points then any other team against the Badgers this year. Wisconsin, which leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (56 Opp. Avg. points) gave up its first lost to Penn State in four tries.

In the first half Wisconsin scored the first two points, but Penn State went on an 18-3 run and never looked back, leading 35-22 at the half.

Penn State, up ten points with 15:38 to go in the game, had a 17-3 run to put the game out of reach.

Joe Crispin increased his consecutive free throw streak to 26 after going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Crispin's 31 points including 5-for-8 from 3-point range marked the highest point total by a Penn State player since Pete Lisicky had 30 against Penn in 1996.

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