Ethan Happ had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Wisconsin held off Penn State for a 66-60 win on Thursday night at State College, Pa.
Nigel Hayes added 15 points for the Badgers (11-9, 3-4 Big Ten). Brandon Taylor scored 13 for Penn State (11-9, 2-5).
Wisconsin led by as many as 17 in the middle of the second half but Taylor came alive late. Although Penn State's leading scorer attempted just one first-half shot, he scored nine of Penn State's final 11 points including his lone three-pointer with 6 minutes, 20 seconds to play. It sparked a 12-3 run to pull Penn State within five with 3:16 left.
Devin Foster made a three-pointer to cut Wisconsin's lead to 63-60 with 30 seconds left. Happ answered with three free throws.
No. 9 Iowa 90, Rutgers 76: Junior guard Peter Jok scored a career-high 29 points as the visiting Hawkeyes (15-3, 6-0) won a harder a harder-than-expected games against the Scarlet Knights (6-14, 0-7).
"We saw they got beat by 50, but we weren't really worried about that," Jok said. "We wanted to come out here and work on us and not worry about the score from last game. We knew we were going to get their best because they got embarrassed on that last game."
Jarrod Uthoff and Anthony Clemmons added 20 points apiece as Iowa won its eighth consecutive game.
Mike Williams had 17 points to lead Rutgers, coming off a 107-57 loss to No. 22 Purdue on Monday.
"We knew that we were going to get a really intense effort from Rutgers," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Jonathan Laurent, returning after missing four games with a concussion, added 14 points for the Scarlet Knights, who have lost their past 22 games against conference teams.
Jok matched his season-high with five three-pointers. "I'm just happy to see him getting steals and getting rebounds," McCaffery said. "… He doesn't rattle."