FINAL: Michigan State men's basketball survives Wisconsin, 67-59

Purdue center Matt Haarms

Purdue center Matt Haarms

With the win, Michigan State moved back into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Purdue and Michigan with only six games remaining on the year.

The game was still in doubt with 32 seconds left before Kenny Goins hit a 3 to give the Spartans a 62-56 lead.

Perhaps the difference in the game was at the free-throw line.

But Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4) staggered down the stretch, going more than five minutes without a point as the Spartans put the game away.

PENN STATE 75, No. 6 MI 69: In State College, Pennsylvania, Lamar Stevens scored 15 of his 26 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Penn State to an upset.

Penn State got out to an early lead before the teams started to exchange baskets to open the first half. Wisconsin followed up the cold spell with a 14-4 run that featured seven points from Brevin Pritzl, five of which came in a single possession after a flagrant foul was called on Michigan State's Matt McQuaid. Nick Ward finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Aaron Henry added eight points - including a key jumper with 2:29 to play that sparked MSU's closing run.

Wisconsin redshirt senior center and Wooden Award candidate Ethan Happ scored 20, but in many ways it was by design.

Aaron Henry has the ability to make 3-pointers, and he has six makes on the season in limited shots, but hasn't made a single one since January 17 at Nebraska. Following the review, Pritzl got two free throws, both of which he hit, and Wisconsin got the ball, which resulted in a Pritzl 3.

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Happ's 20 points put him at 2,000 for his career as he became the fourth player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career.

Since that last long-distance make, he is 0-for-5 from 3-point land.

Wisconsin: The Badgers, who had their six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday by MI, missed out on a chance to keep pace with the conference leaders.

Winning in Madison is one of the toughest accomplishments for a Big Ten team.

Next, Wisconsin will take on Illinois Feb. 18 at the Kohl Center.

The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN2.

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