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Delivering the Dagger

Four players scored in double figures for No. 15 Wisconsin who improved to 9-5 in Big Ten play with a 65-55 in over Penn State.

Josh Gasser led Wisconsin with 15 points.

Sophomore Guard Josh Gasser led the Badgers with 15 points on 4-12 shooting, including 3-5 from three-point range.

"Coming into the game, I was trying to be more aggressive offensively," said Gasser. "Just tried to make plays, whether it was for myself or my teammates.

"When I found myself open, those are shots I know I'm going to have to take. I was fortunate enough to knock them down.

"Just got to keep playing with that aggressiveness going on and help our team."

The Badgers led by as many as 18 in the second half. Wisconsin used a balance scoring attack throughout to put the Nittany Lions in their second half deficit.

"Anytime you can have multiple weapons out there to score it's going to help your team," said Gasser.

"I think the games that we play our best offensively, have been games where it's been pretty spread out scoring."

Penn State had crawled back within six with under five minutes to play, but shortly after a 13-0 Nittany Lion run, Junior Forward Jared Berggren connected on two three-pointers to put Penn State away for good.

Ryan was unhappy with his team's movement offensively during their second half scoring drought.

Berggren finished with 13 points, hitting all three of his three-point attempts, along with six rebounds, and two blocks.

"You expect that from a Bo Ryan, Wisconsin-type team," Penn State Head Coach Patrick Chambers said. "The one's that killed (us) were in the second half. (Jared) Berggren, those two three's he hit, were to me the difference.

"They were daggers."

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan says the key to Wisconsin's second half drought was the Badgers' movement away from the ball offensively.

Ryan made 14 substitutions in the first 11 minutes of the second half, before the message became clear.

"There was a three, four minute period there we weren't cutting hard," he said. "We weren't exposing the physical contact the other team was making.

"They (Penn State) were trying to make a comeback. They were doing the things that you have to do when you're coming from behind.

"Finally we started making a little harder cuts and got to the free throw line."

Bruesewitz did the dirty work for the Badgers Sunday afternoon.

After struggling in their past few games inside the Kohl Center, Wisconsin came out hot from three-point territory. The Badgers shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (11-22) Sunday afternoon.

Chambers admitted he was worried heading into this afternoon's match up with the Badgers, as it was just a matter of time before Wisconsin broke out of their home shooting woes.

"I was scared for many reasons," he said. "They just lost to Michigan State, they hadn't been shooting well and that's like the perfect storm about to hit you."

"When they have have Gasser, (Mike) Bruesewitz, and Berggren hitting shots, they're a tough team to beat."

The lone Wisconsin starter to not reach double figures, Mike Bruesewitz did what he does best against Penn State.

The Junior Forward collected a career-high 12 rebounds and a season-high five assists, along with his seven points Sunday. Bruesewitz also collected a few key offensive rebounds late to help thwart Penn State's run.

"Really big rebounds, the hustle plays, Mike was into the game," said Ryan. "Mike gave what he had.

"He's a spark plug that way. He's kind of like (Joe) Krabbenhoft that way. It's always good to see him bring that energy because it is contagious."

Senior Guard Jordan Taylor recorded his 17th straight game in double figures with 11 points.

Heading into the game, the Senior Guard says the Badgers weren't focused on how poorly they had shot inside the Kohl Center recently.

"It's always nice when you see the ball go through the hoop," he said. "It's definitely important to get it going early.

"No matter what happens we're always staying aggressive, staying confident, keep plugging away."

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