STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- When was the last time a Wisconsin victory over Penn State was noteworthy and critical?
UW's 64-63 victory over the Nittany Lions on Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center fit that description.
Why? Because it came just two days after Wisconsin suffered an embarrassing 83-58 loss to Ohio State, the Badgers' worst defeat at the Kohl Center.
"We needed this one bad," said sophomore guard D'Mitrik Trice, who hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final 34.5 seconds and finished with nine points and three assists. "To be on the road and coming off a bad game. ...
"We kind of just flushed out Saturday. That wasn't how we play. It wasn't Wisconsin basketball. We didn't have any energy. We just focused on coming out and competing really, really hard from the beginning."
UW (4-5, 1-1 Big Ten) looked nothing like the team that let Ohio State get any shot it desired as the Badgers built a 17-point lead in the second half Monday.
They never trailed after that but needed four free throws by Trice and a hustle play from Aleem Ford with six-tenths of a second left to secure the victory.
Ford missed the first of bonus free throws with UW leading, 64-63, with 13.2 seconds left.
Penn State's Tony Carr missed a three-pointer from the right wing, and Ford hustled to tie up Lamar Stevens in the corner.
UW inbounded the ball and time expired.