March 11, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - In one of the ugliest games of the college basketball season, Talor Battle scored nine points to lead Penn State past No. 13 Wisconsin 36-33 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Friday night.
The 69 points marked by far the lowest combined total in the 14-year history of the tournament. The previous low was 85 points when Wisconsin beat Michigan 51-34 in the quarterfinals.
The Badgers (23-8) were led by Jordan Taylor with 16 points and Jon Leuer with 10. Taylor could have forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left, but Tim Frazier grabbed the rebound to seal the win.
Battle also broke Jesse Arnelle's school scoring record, which had stood since 1955. Battle now has 2,140 career points.
Penn State (18-13) broke out to an 18-2 lead, then made only five baskets the rest of the game.
But Wisconsin was just as bad. It connected on only 15 of 51 shots and just two of 21 3-pointers in its second straight loss.