Men's Basketball Falls to No. 20 Wisconsin, 77-44

Madison, Wisc. - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team fell to No. 20 Wisconsin, 77-44, on Nov. 20 at the Kohl Center. Senior Tim Begley led the Quakers with 15 points, while Mike Wilkinson led the Badgers with 19 points.

Sophomore Steve Danley started the Quakers (1-2) off with a lay-up to give the Red and Blue a 2-0 lead. Wilkinson hit two free throws at the 16:34 mark of the Badgers first points of the game. A Clayton Hanson three-pointer at the 15:18 mark gave the Badgers a 5-2 lead, which they held till Ibrahim Jaaber tied the game at 8-8 with a three. Three straight free throws sparked a 14-3 run by the Badgers.No. 20 Wisconsin went on to shoot 75 percent from the charity stripe en route to a 51.1 percent effort from the floor.

The Quakers were plagued by poor shooting and foul trouble in the first half. Penn managed only 26.9 percent from floor in the first half and headed into the locker room down, 36-20.

Wilkinson scored 17 points in the second half, including four trifectas, and the Badgers led by as many as 34 points. Jaaber collected five steals, including four in the second stanza.

Danley scored double figures for the second time this season with 10 points for the Red and Blue.

The Quakers return to The Palestra for a Big Five match up with Drexel on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The contest is the second part of a Big Five double header with the women’s team. The women’s basketball team faces La Salle at 5:45 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications