MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- The combination of Wisconsin's stingy defense and Penn State's struggling offense resulted in an easy win for the 15th-ranked Badgers.
Devin Harris scored 25 points as Wisconsin survived a seven-minute scoring drought and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-45 Big Ten Conference victory over the Nittany Lions.
It marked the eighth time Wisconsin (18-6, 9-4 Big Ten) held an opponent below 50 points this season. The Badgers' season low was 42 against Detroit on December 6.
Wisconsin extended its home winning streak to 27 games, the longest current run in the Big Ten.
"I thought we executed pretty well for 85 percent of the game," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said. "I thought our guys did a good job of taking away the guard play in the first half."
Jan Jagla scored 16 points for Penn State (9-15, 3-10), which has lost seven straight games and 10 of its last 11. The Nittany Lions have failed to crack the 60-point mark during their losing streak.
"Obviously, our guards struggled again tonight," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "We just do not have anyone right now that we can send the ball to and try to score."
The Badgers allowed just two baskets by Jagla in the first seven minutes and built a 19-4 lead with 12:45 remaining.
Penn State ended the first half with a 8-0 run to close within 30-22 at the intermission. The Badgers were held scoreless for the final 4:36 of the first half and nearly the first three minutes of the second half.
"It has become a fad to talk about how many minutes people go without scoring," Ryan said. "You just have to make sure the other team is not scoring a whole bunch while you are going through that because every team goes through them."
Penn State closed to 30-26 on Aaron Johnson's layup with 17:37 remaining, but Wisconsin responded by holding Penn State scoreless for the next four minutes. Harris' three-point play capped an 11-0 run that gave the Badgers a 41-26 advantage with 13:31 to play.
"Once they get on a roll, it is hard to stop," DeChellis said. "We just do not have the firepower to keep scoring and that has been a problem."
Mike Wilkinson added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Badgers, who overcame 42 percent shooting (24-of-57) by committing just seven turnovers.