Big Ten Keeps Challenge Title With Big Nights

On the second night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge the Big Ten took another four games out of six to win the overall 12 -game challenge 8-4. Here’s a look back at the first night of action where the Big Ten jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the overall two-night challenge. Read the Big Ten Geeks take on Round One. Find all of of our men’s basketball video highlights in our video section.

Leading the conference challenge 4-2 heading into Wednesday night Penn State, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin all hit the court. Indiana and Penn State won early on the road while Michigan State and Minnesota each won at home. Virginia Tech squeaked by Nebraska fin the final seconds while North Carolina battled to a hard-fought win over Wisconsin in the last game of the night. Click inside for recaps and links to box scores and stats.

Penn State 62, Boston College 54: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD

FINAL: Jermaine Marshall scored 22 points and Tim Frazier added 22 points as they teamed up to lead Penn State to a 62-54 victory over Boston College on Wednesday at Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. Marshall helped spark the Nittany Lions, with 8-of-16 shooting from the field. There were nine lead changes, as neither team could take control of the game. Matthew Humphrey contributed 15 points for the Eagles in the loss. Boston College shot just 36 percent from the field (16-of-44). The Eagles shot 14-of-22 from the free throw line..

HALFTIME: Jermaine Marshall’s been the spark for Penn State, but the Nittany Lions trail Boston College 29-26 at the break. In the first 20 minutes, Penn State’s Marshall scored 15 points and shot 6-of-9 from the field. Both teams have been able to control the opposition’s leading scorer. The Eagles’ Patrick Heckmann and the Nittany Lions’ Tim Frazier have both been held in check during the first half. Heckmann has two points and Frazier has scored two.

Both teams took turns controlling the momentum as there were six lead changes. Boston College led by eight points early in the game before Penn State tightened the game back up. Seven Boston College players scored in the half. The Eagles have been effective inside, making 6-of-9 two-point field goals, but Boston College has struggled on the perimeter, shooting 31 percent (4-of-13) from three-point range. Matthew Humphrey led the way for the Eagles in the first half, with seven points.

Indiana 86, North Carolina State 75:  BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD

FINAL: Indiana trailed in the closing minutes on Wednesday, but took the lead for good on a field goal by Christian Watford and hung on for an 86-75 win over North Carolina State at RBC Center in Raleigh. Jordan Hulls and Cody Zeller both had solid performances for the Hoosiers. Hulls tallied 20 points and shot 6-of-9 from the field. Zeller had 19 points and knocked down 8-of-14 shot attempts. Leading 76-75 with 1:38 remaining, Indiana used a 10-0 spurt to open its cushion to 11 points with 17 seconds to go. The Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field (30-of-60). To go along with Hulls’ efforts and Zeller’s stellar play, Watford scored 16 points and Victor Oladipo registered 11 points. Lorenzo Brown contributed 19 points for the Wolfpack in the game. Along with Brown’s performance, Scott Wood contributed 16 points, DeShawn Painter scored 10 points, and C.J. Leslie tallied 10 points. .

HALFTIME: North Carolina State found itself trailing Indiana late in the first half, but an 8-0 run allowed the Wolfpack to take a 42-41 lead into halftime. North Carolina State got points from eight different players. Seven Indiana players have scored. The Wolfpack’s Scott Wood had a big first half, with 13 points. Jordan Hulls’ big game so far includes 11 points.

Michigan State 65, Florida State 49: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD

FINAL: Keith Appling scored 24 points to lift Michigan State to a 65-49 win over Florida State on Wednesday at Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. The Spartans shot 8-of-19 from three-point range during the game, good for 42 percent. In addition to Appling’s performance, Draymond Green racked up 16 points and Brandon Wood scored 16 points. Bernard James scored 13 points and went 6-of-10 from the field for the Seminoles in the game. Jeff Peterson shot 3-of-5 from the field and scored seven points for Florida State. Aside from James’ performance, Michael Snaer contributed 11 points.

Michigan State trailed 18-17 with 9:11 to go in the first half, but a 13-0 run allowed it to take a 12-point lead with 3:58 left in the first half. Adreian Payne finished the run off with a free throw, which helped Michigan State lead 30-26 at halftime. The Spartans went to the line 15 more times than the Seminoles and made the most of their opportunities, shooting 15-of-20. Those free throws came courtesy of 21 fouls committed by Florida State, who was 3-of-5 from the line. The victory extends Michigan State’s winning streak to five games.

HALFTIME: Florida State went on a 8-0 run to close the gap late in the first half and now trails Michigan State 30-26. The Spartans led by 12 points late in the first before the Seminoles tightened the game back up. Michigan State fired often and fired with accuracy from distance, hitting 50 percent (5-of-10) of its three-point attempts. Florida State has been effective inside, making 11-of-19 two-point field goals, but the Seminoles have struggled on the perimeter, shooting 13 percent (1-of-8) from three-point range. The Spartans’ Brandon Wood already has 10 points. Florida State’s Bernard James had a big first half, with 11 points.

Minnesota 58, Virginia Tech 55: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD

FINAL: Minnesota captured the lead with 18 seconds remaining on a free throw by Julian Welch and hung on for a 58-55 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The teams traded the lead 10 times in the game. Welch sparked the Golden Gophers as he scored 15 points and shot 5-of-6 from the field in the win. Minnesota shot 50 percent from the field (24-of-48). Aside from Welch’s performance, Rodney Williams totaled 12 points and Elliott Eliason chipped in 10 points. Erick Green tallied 25 points for the Hokies in a losing effort. Virginia Tech had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 38 percent (20-of-53) from the field. The Hokies were hot from long range, hitting 8-of-17 threes for a 47 percent night from beyond the arc. Along with Green’s work, Robert Brown racked up 13 points and Victor Davila scored 10 points. Virginia Tech trailed 20-13 with 5:02 to go in the first half, but a 15-5 run allowed it to take a three-point lead late in the first. Davila capped the run off with a field goal that helped the Hokies lead 28-25 at the half.

HALFTIME: Minnesota led Virginia Tech late in the first half, but allowed the Hokies to use a 15-5 run to take a 28-25 lead into halftime. Minnesota got points from seven different players. The Golden Gophers have generated more of their offensive production from inside the three-point line, making 10-of-19 two-point field goals and hitting 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Julian Welch led the way for Minnesota in the first half, with five points. The Hokies’ Erick Green already has 12 points.

Wake Forest 55, Nebraska 53: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD

FINAL: Wake Forest trailed in the closing minutes on Wednesday, but took the lead for good on a field goal by C.J. Harris and hung on for a 55-53 win over Nebraska at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Chase Fischer sparked the Demon Deacons as he scored 13 points, shot 5-of-7 from the field, and hit 3-of-5 three-pointers in the victory. In addition to Fischer’s efforts, Carson Desrosiers added 13 points, Harris registered 12 points, and Travis McKie racked up 11 points. Bo Spencer contributed 13 points for the Cornhuskers in the loss. Nebraska had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 38 percent (22-of-58) from the field. Aside from Spencer’s performance, Toney McCray scored 12 points and Jorge Brian Diaz scored 12 points.

HALFTIME: Nebraska leads 26-25 over Wake Forest at the half thanks to solid production from Bo Spencer. In the first 20 minutes, the Cornhuskers’ Spencer scored seven points. It could’ve been an even dimmer outlook for the Demon Deacons, which trailed Nebraska by as many as eight points with 7:25 to go in the first half. Seven Nebraska players scored in the half. Travis McKie’s big game so far includes eight points.

North Carolina 60, Wisconsin 57: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD

FINAL: John Henson paced No. 5 North Carolina with eight points to lead the Tar Heels to a 60-57 victory over No. 7 Wisconsin on Wednesday at Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The teams traded the lead eight times in the game. The Tar Heels nearly blew the 10-point lead that Harrison Barnes gave them on a free throw with 1:03 remaining. Tyler Zeller was 3-of-5 from the floor and chipped in 12 points for North Carolina. The Tar Heels went 19-of-24 from the charity stripe as a team (79 percent). Besides Zeller’s work, Barnes scored 20 points. Jared Berggren had 14 points and pulled down five rebounds for the Badgers in the loss. Wisconsin had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 36 percent (23-of-64) from the field. Along with Berggren’s work, Jordan Taylor scored 18 points and Ryan Evans tallied 10 points. Winning the rebounding battle was a key to victory for North Carolina as it outrebounded the Badgers 39-26. The win for the Tar Heels breaks Wisconsin’s six-game winning streak. .

HALFTIME: No. 5 North Carolina has a 25-24 lead over No. 7 Wisconsin at the half after dominating on the glass, outrebounding the Badgers 21-13. Neither team has been able to take control of the game as the lead changed hands six times. The situation might’ve been even worse for Wisconsin, as the Tar Heels led by as many as nine points in the first. North Carolina has been effective inside, making 11-of-21 two-point field goals, but the Tar Heels have struggled on the perimeter, shooting zero percent (0-of-3) from three-point range. John Henson led the way for North Carolina in the first half, with six points and 10 rebounds. The Badgers’ Jordan Taylor had a big first half, with nine points.

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spacebaby on 11/30/2011 @ 1:47pm EDT Said:

“Wisconsin has won their last three Challenge games but no Big Ten team has ever won four straight Challenge games. Can the Badgers do it?”

Didn’t Northwestern just do this last night?

    BTN.com staff on 11/30/2011 @ 2:07pm EDT Said:

    Good point. We’ll update. Thanks.