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Happ leads No. 22 Wisconsin to 71-52 win over Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) After two straight defeats, the Wisconsin Badgers got back to what's made them successful in the past.

Stingy defense.

Ethan Happ had 22 points and eight rebounds as No. 22 Wisconsin stopped a midseason slide by routing Penn State 71-52 on Sunday. The Badgers held Penn State's talented starting guards to 22 points combined on a night when the Nittany Lions made just 20 of 53 field goal attempts and committed 16 turnovers.

''We had a couple rough ones in a row where we weren't able to play complete games either offensively or defensively,'' Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. ''But I thought tonight we were really solid for the most part.''

The struggling Nittany Lions played 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, who entered third in the Big Ten in scoring defense at 62.9 points allowed per game, took control with a 22-6 run over 8:53 of the first half. They held the Nittany Lions to only 23 shots in the first 20 minutes.

Wisconsin opened its 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 advantage 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.

''You need to get shots in order for the ball to go in the basket,'' Penn State associate coach Keith Urgo said. ''And we're turning the ball over too much.''

NO HARD FEELINGS

Urgo said he wasn't sure where Chambers watched the game from but said the head coach was heavily involved in preparation.

Stevens, who has started all 87 games of his career with Chambers on the sideline, said it was odd playing without Chambers' voice ringing out across the court. Stevens said the team didn't hold Chambers' actions at Michigan against him.

''We know how much Coach Chambers really loves us, everything he does for us,'' Stevens said. ''He's just an extremely passionate person and he loves and cares for us, so seeing that, we felt for him and we came to work every day motivated for him.''

CLEAN START

The Badgers gave Penn State few opportunities all night. Wisconsin committed just two fouls over the first 20 minutes, resulting in a single free throw from Stevens.

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.

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Key Players
E. Happ
22 F
L. Stevens
11 F
35.8 Min. Per Game 35.8
18.7 Pts. Per Game 18.7
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
55.4 Field Goal % 43.4
0.0 Three Point % 17.1
50.8 Free Throw % 75.3
  Defensive rebound by Wisconsin 2.0
  Rasir Bolton missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 2 Tai Strickland made jump shot 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Kobe King 40.0
  Myreon Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot 42.0
+ 2 Brad Davison made fade-away jump shot 48.0
+ 1 Rasir Bolton made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
+ 1 Rasir Bolton made 1st of 2 free throws 1:10
  Personal foul on D'Mitrik Trice 1:10
+ 2 Ethan Happ made layup, assist by D'Mitrik Trice 1:18
  Defensive rebound by Ethan Happ 1:41
Team Stats
Points 71 52
Field Goals 30-61 (49.2%) 20-53 (37.7%)
3-Pointers 8-16 (50.0%) 4-20 (20.0%)
Free Throws 3-5 (60.0%) 8-13 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 33 35
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 21 24
Team 5 2
Assists 17 10
Steals 9 4
Blocks 6 2
Turnovers 6 16
Fouls 14 13
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 22 Wisconsin 11-4 333871
home team logo Penn State 7-8 232952
Team Stats
away team logo 22 Wisconsin 11-4 68.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo Penn State 7-8 69.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
22
E. Happ F 17.3 PPG 10.1 RPG 4.5 APG 53.0 FG%
11
L. Stevens F 19.9 PPG 7.7 RPG 2.1 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Happ F 22 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
L. Stevens F 22 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
49.2 FG% 37.7
50.0 3PT FG% 20.0
60.0 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 22 8 4 10/24 0/0 2/2 3 34 0 1 1 4 4
B. Davison 14 7 3 5/9 3/3 1/2 2 31 1 0 1 1 6
N. Reuvers 11 2 1 5/7 1/2 0/1 3 25 0 5 0 0 2
D. Trice 5 1 4 2/9 1/6 0/0 4 29 3 0 1 0 1
K. Iverson 0 6 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 28 2 0 0 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 22 8 4 10/24 0/0 2/2 3 34 0 1 1 4 4
B. Davison 14 7 3 5/9 3/3 1/2 2 31 1 0 1 1 6
N. Reuvers 11 2 1 5/7 1/2 0/1 3 25 0 5 0 0 2
D. Trice 5 1 4 2/9 1/6 0/0 4 29 3 0 1 0 1
K. Iverson 0 6 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 28 2 0 0 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Thomas IV 7 1 1 3/4 1/2 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 1
B. Pritzl 6 1 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 17 0 0 1 0 1
K. King 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 16 2 0 1 0 2
T. Strickland 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ballard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ford 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 7 1 0 1 0 0
W. McGrory 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Currie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hedstrom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 28 17 30/61 8/16 3/5 14 200 9 6 6 7 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Stevens 22 4 1 9/18 0/1 4/4 3 35 0 0 4 2 2
M. Dread 9 5 0 3/7 3/7 0/3 1 27 0 0 0 0 5
R. Bolton 7 2 5 2/10 1/6 2/2 0 33 0 0 2 0 2
J. Reaves 6 6 1 3/8 0/1 0/1 3 28 1 0 2 2 4
M. Watkins 4 10 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 1 5 3 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Stevens 22 4 1 9/18 0/1 4/4 3 35 0 0 4 2 2
M. Dread 9 5 0 3/7 3/7 0/3 1 27 0 0 0 0 5
R. Bolton 7 2 5 2/10 1/6 2/2 0 33 0 0 2 0 2
J. Reaves 6 6 1 3/8 0/1 0/1 3 28 1 0 2 2 4
M. Watkins 4 10 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 1 5 3 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Buttrick 3 1 0 1/3 0/2 1/1 1 8 0 0 1 0 1
M. Jones 1 1 1 0/3 0/2 1/2 1 17 1 0 1 0 1
J. Harrar 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 15 1 0 1 1 2
J. Wheeler 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 1 0 1 0
S. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Zemgulis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Brockington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kasatkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCloskey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 33 10 20/53 4/20 8/13 13 200 4 2 16 9 24