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Badgers nip Penn State on buzzer-beating 3-pointer

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UW athletics
UW athletics

UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn (WSAU-TSN)  Traevon Jackson buried a deep 3-pointer as time expired to lift No. 22 Wisconsin to a 63-60 win over Penn State on Sunday.

A pair of Mike Bruesewitz free throws put the Badgers up 60-56 with 33 seconds left, but D.J. Newbill's layup eight seconds later made it a two-point game.

Bruesewitz threw the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds, giving the Nittany Lions a chance to tie the game.

Newbill bricked a jumper with nine seconds left, but Nick Colella grabbed the rebound and found Newbill, who knocked down a jumper from the left elbow to tie the game with five seconds remaining.

Wisconsin tried to roll the ball upcourt to preserve time, but Colella dove for it and caused a jump ball with three seconds left. The Badgers had the possession arrow so they retained possession with just over three seconds left.

Jackson took the inbounds pass on the left sideline and quickly dribbled up court and swished a deep trey from the left wing for the win.

Jackson finished with 15 points, Ben Brust added 13 and Jared Berggren chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten), who had dropped back-to-back games entering the contest.

Wisconsin could finish with the fourth seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament should Michigan fall to Indiana later on Sunday. The Badgers are currently in fifth place in the conference standings.

Jermaine Marshall scored a game-high 23 points and Newbill added 22 points and five assists for Penn State (10-20, 2-16).

Wisconsin led 16-7 nearly seven minutes in, but the Lions used a 13-2 run to go up 20-18 with 7 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.

Brust made back-to-back jumpers to put Wisconsin on top 22-21 with just over four minutes to go, but Newbill knocked down a pair of jumpers to give Penn State a three-point edge with 45 seconds left. Bruesewitz sunk a pair of free throws at the end of the half to make it 25-24 entering the break.

Ross Travis' layup with 15:07 left gave Penn State a 33-30 edge, but the Baddgers scored five unanswered to take a 35-33 lead nearly a minute later.

The teams traded makes until Sam Dekker drained a triple with 11:13 left to give the Badgers a 43-38 lead. The Lions, though, scored seven straight to go up 45-43 with just over nine minutes left.

Wisconsin held a 53-52 edge following Berggren's dunk at the 5:19 mark and pushed their spread to 58-54 following Jackson's triple with two minutes to play.

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