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Potter, Badgers top PSU in men’s basketball

STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Heading into a key stretch and coming off a tough loss, Wisconsin needed a big performance Saturday at Penn State.

Micah Potter delivered.

The reserve forward scored 18 of his career-best 24 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Badgers to a 58-49 victory over the 20th-ranked Nittany Lions.

Brad Davison had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Wisconsin (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten), which lost 71-70 to Illinois on Wednesday night. Kobe King added 10 points.

Potter was 9 for 14 from the field in 28 minutes. The Badgers finished with 31 bench points, compared to 15 for the Nittany Lions.

“We scrimmage a lot,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “A lot of times the second five beats the first five so practices get a little fiery once in a while. It’s competitive.”

It was a sorely needed performance considering what’s coming up on Wisconsin’s schedule. The Badgers face No. 12 Maryland on Tuesday night, and then visit No. 8 Michigan State on Friday.

Lamar Stevens had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (12-4, 2-3), who had won 13 in a row at home. Izaiah Brockington scored 15 points.

It was Penn State’s lowest scoring game of the season.

“We didn’t invent a new defense today,” Gard said. “We did what we always do but we did it better.”

Wisconsin never trailed and led by as many as 12 with 14:13 to play.

Box score on Page B4

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