Hulls, a 6-foot guard, scooted around the perimeter all game for open looks and finished with 28 points for Indiana (15-1, 3-1).
Down eight points with 1:22 to go, the Nittany Lions (9-8, 1-3) forced two consecutive turnovers to highlight a late run to get within 84-82 with 21 seconds left on two free throws by Matt Glover.
But Matt Roth hit two foul shots and Penn State missed a last-gasp 3.
Cheered on by a healthy sprinkling of fans wearing Indiana red, the Hoosiers won a regular-season road conference game for the first time since a 67-61 win at Penn State on Jan. 21, 2010. Penn State fans reserved some of their biggest cheers for new football coach Bill O’Brien, who received a standing ovation after being introduced at center court during a first-half timeout. A chant of “We are … Penn State!” echoed through the stands as he exchanged handshakes with students.
Whatever the reason, the Nittany Lions were pumped up, too, diving all over the court for loose balls and elbowing for rebounds under the boards.
It still wasn’t enough to overcome the nation’s best 3-point shooting team
NO. 16 MICHIGAN 59, NO. 18 WISCONSIN 41
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and freshman Trey Burke outplayed Jordan Taylor for most of the game, leading Michigan.
Burke scored 14 points for the Wolverines (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Badgers. Taylor, Wisconsin’s star point guard, was held to 12 points, a majority of which came after Michigan had taken control of the game.
The Badgers (12-5, 1-3) have lost three in a row.
Michigan bounced back from a two-point loss at Indiana on Thursday night. The Wolverines began the game on a 10-2 run and led 25-19 at halftime. A three-point play by Burke in transition made it 43-26.
Wisconsin was holding opponents to 47 points a game coming in, but it was Michigan’s defense that was the story this time. Taylor was the only Badger to score in double figures.