UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- It was his final regular-season home game, and Tim Frazier spent nearly half of it on the bench. He has scored more than 1,400 points and holds Penn State's career record for assists, but the most relevant statistic for him Sunday was fouls.
Frazier picked up three in the first half. His presence was rarely felt in a 71-66 loss against No. 14 Wisconsin in which Penn State (14-15, 5-11 Big Ten) could never quite take a lead in the second half.
"We're one stop away, one made shot away, one less turnover away from beating two Top-25 teams in the same week," coach Patrick Chambers said. "And I felt good going into this game. It's a shame."
Many of the faults that have cost Penn State this season were on display: inopportune turnovers, particularly one by guard D.J. Newbill when Penn State could have tied the score late in the second half that happened to lead to crucial 3-pointers for a Wisconsin team that made eight of them; and the lack of a second scorer.
Newbill scored 23 points in 39 minutes. He made 1 of 6 3-pointers and had those late turnovers, but was otherwise instrumental for Penn State. And no one could consistently help him on offense.
Though guard John Johnson and forward Ross Travis had their moments, Penn State was mainly looking for a second offensive threat. Frazier wasn't there to provide points, either.
He picked up two fouls by the 10-minute mark of the first half and his third with about three minutes remaining on an offensive foul.
"He's a senior; he's got to know better," Chambers said. "He's got to play like a senior."
At halftime, Frazier had three points. In the second half, he wasn't as aggressive as he usually is on offense or defense. Frazier, who scored 10 points and only took eight shots (he averages almost 12 per game), was not made available for comment, but Chambers agreed Frazier wasn't his normal self.
"It was his last game in this building," Chambers said. "He's been here five years. I think that contributed a lot to his fouling, and now he's got three fouls. I think that's what you saw."
After falling down by 10 early in the second half, Penn State cut the deficit to two with 8:32 left. But Wisconsin's Ben Brust made a 3-pointer, re-extending Wisconsin's lead.
With 3:21 left, Penn State trailed, 62-59, but had the ball. The Nittany Lions wasted nearly all of the shot clock before Newbill drove to the basket and dribbled off his leg.
On their next possession, after Wisconsin made two free throws, Newbill again drove to the basket and was called for a travel.
But Chambers didn't see the need in isolating any two plays from Newbill as a reason why the Nittany Lions couldn't keep up the momentum from their home victory Thursday against Ohio State. Newbill had done plenty throughout the game.
"We needed a second scorer," Chambers said.
"Newbill can't do it all by himself. We needed a second and third scorer. We just didn't get production."
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