Penn State dismantles Michigan State

Talor Battle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to

help Penn State defeat Michigan State 61-48 in the Big Ten

tournament semifinals on Saturday and advance to the final for the

first time.

Battle made six 3-pointers, including four during a 2:35 stretch

in the second half that put the Nittany Lions (19-13) in control

for good.

Tim Frazier had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for

sixth-seeded Penn State, which will play No. 1-ranked and

top-seeded Ohio State on Sunday for an automatic NCAA tournament

berth. The Nittany Lions haven’t reached the NCAA tournament since

2001.

Kalin Lucas scored 16 points and Durrell Summers added 11 for

Michigan State (19-14), which shot 21 percent in the second

half.

The Nittany Lions have allowed 45.3 points per game in their

three tournament wins.