PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Devin Harris and Freddie Owens provided the backcourt spark that No. 14 Wisconsin needed to survive an upset bid.
Harris and Owens spurred the Badgers late in the second half to a 64-53 victory over stubborn Pennsylvania in the season opener for both teams.
With the Badgers clinging to a 50-48 lead with 3:22 left, Harris and Owens did all the scoring down the stretch in a 14-5 run that sealed the game.
"Everything started to turn our way and our defense started to pick up," Harris said. "We didn't get rattled."
Harris started the surge with a three-point play, and on the next possession, Owens made a key steal and fast-break layup to make it 55-48 with 2:42 left.
"This is a very tough place to play," said Owens, who scored eight of his 12 points in the second half.
Harris led the Badgers with 16 points, and Zach Morley added 12. Morley, a transfer from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, collected 10 of his points in the first half as Wisconsin took a 33-25 lead after trailing 9-2 early.
"I thought the guys did a pretty good job," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who grew up in nearby Chester, Pennsylvania and played at the Palestra in high school. "Devin came up with some big decisions."
Senior Jeff Schiffner scored 20 points for the Quakers, who also got 10 from Jan Fikiel.
"We were given the opportunity to be right there at the end," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said. "But we made some foolish mistakes."
Two of Penn's seniors were responsible for such errors. Charlie Copp fouled Harris on the three-point play and Adam Chubb was stripped by Owens, who converted his key layup.
Penn committed 25 fouls to Wisconsin's 11, and the Badgers shot 17-of-28 from the free-throw line compared to a 3-of-4 showing for the Quakers. That helped Wisconsin overcome a 1-of-14 shooting performance from 3-point range.