Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions continue struggles in loss to Wisconsin

It’s been a rough season for Penn State basketball

Playing Sunday night without head coach Patrick Chambers, Penn State basketball continued its season struggles. The Nittany Lions were dominated right from the start by the No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers. When the dust cleared at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State found itself with an ugly 71-52 defeat.

The Nittany Lions were playing without their head coach, who was suspended one game by the university for shoving freshman Myles Dread during Thursday’s loss at Michigan.

Penn State stayed with the Badgers early, but quickly fell behind a few minutes into the game and went into halftime down by 10 points. Things didn’t get any better in the second half, as the Nittany Lions went nearly four minutes without scoring a point. In that time, Wisconsin stretched the lead to 20 points.

From that point it continued to be all Badgers. Wisconsin’s senior forward, Ethan Happ, had a monster game, racking up 22 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

For Penn State, its season scoring struggles continued. The Nittany Lions shot just 38 percent from the floor, including 4-of-20 (20 percent) from behind the arc. Despite failing to hit, the Nittany Lions continued to try to get back in the game by firing up three-pointers. However, those efforts were to no avail.

The Nittany Lions did win in the rebound department (35-33), but something that really played into the loss is the fact that they committed 16 turnovers, compared to just seven by Wisconsin.

Lamar Stevens, who scored 22 points, was the only Nittany Lion to put up double-digits. Mike Watkins led the team with 10 rebounds.

With the loss, Penn State remained winless in the Big Ten Conference. The Nittany Lions will try for their first conference victory Thursday night when they take on No. 24 Nebraska.