Wisconsin escapes late Penn State rally to reach Big Ten quarterfinals

An 18-point second half lead evaporated, but some last-second heroics from Brad Davison allowed Wisconsin men’s basketball to beat Penn State 75-74 in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night.

The Nittany Lions had a chance to win the game with the final shot with a drive into the lane, but Nate Reuvers blocked the shot, and Davison was able to grab the ball and call timeout in mid-air to give possession to the Badgers with 0.8 seconds left. Wisconsin then fired up a downcourt inbound pass to seal the win.

The Penn State comeback effort almost spoiled one of the best shooting performances the Badgers have put together this season. Wisconsin hit 12 of 23 three-point attempts, finishing just two makes shy of the Big Ten Tournament record.

Aleem Ford led the Badgers with 17 points, a personal season-high for Ford. He was 6-of-7 from downtown. Davison added 15 points and Central grad Jonathan Davis pitched in 10 points, including a rim-rocking dunk midway through the second half.

Wisconsin next faces Iowa in the quarterfinals Friday night at 8 p.m.