INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Alim Ford scored 17 points և No. 6 Wisconsin paused in the final game to avoid a 11-4 victory over No. 11 Penn State in the Big Ten on Thursday night. ,
Badgers (17-11) took the lead in the last eight minutes with a lead of 18, five minutes later being 73-57.
The Nittany Lions (11-14) ended the game 17-2 as Sam Sessoms scored 13 of his 18 points in the last seven minutes of the rally. In the last minute, Penn State forced a pair of stops, took control of Rar on Harar’s shot, staying one second 18 seconds ahead. Sessoms entered the box and Wisconsin Nate Reuvers diverted his transfer attempt. Brad Davison scored the loose ball և 0.3 seconds left in the timeout to significantly secure the victory.
Wisconsin advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday against No. 5 and No. 3 Iowa.
Wisconsin have lost five of their last six regular-season games, all against classified rivals, twice against the Hockeys, including a 77-73 defeat in the regular season final.
The Badgers worked out the first counterattack, clearing the eight-point deficit with a 23-5 run in the final 6:35 of the first half, leading Ford to a corner kick 41-31 at halftime.
Ford fired 6 of 7 shots, including 6 of 5 shots in the 3-point range. Davison added 15 points and Jon Onathan Davis added 10. Wisconsin was 23 to 12 out of 3 points.
Myreon Jones had 11 points and Jamari Wheeler had 10 for Penn State, who came on in a 16-point comeback against Maryland to end the regular season with a 15-point comeback against Nebraska in the first round.
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