Down 22, Wisconsin rallies to beat Indiana
MADISON, Wis. — Johnny Davis scored 23 points and made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 left to help No. 22 Wisconsin erase a 22-point deficit and beat Indiana 64-59 on Wednesday to extend its home domination in the series.
Wisconsin (8-1, 1-0 Big Ten) has won 19 straight home games over Indiana, which hasn’t beaten the Badgers in Madison since a 69-59 decision on Jan. 25, 1998. The Hoosiers nearly ended the streak last year, but fell 80-73 at Wisconsin in double overtime.
This Indiana (7-2, 1-1) loss proved even more painful.
Wisconsin trailed 42-20 late in the first half and was down 42-25 at the intermission, but scored the game’s final 11 points. The Badgers outscored Indiana 16-2 over the last 5 minutes, 50 seconds.
Indiana missed 14 of its last 15 shots.
The Hoosiers still led 59-57 when Wisconsin’s Brad Davison forced a steal with 1:41 left. On the Badgers’ ensuing possession, center Steven Vogt passed to Davis, whose corner 3-pointer gave Wisconsin its first lead since the game’s opening minutes.
Indiana’s Xavier Johnson, Race Thompson and Parker Stewart all missed potential go-ahead shots on the Hoosiers’ next possession. After the ball went out of bounds off Wisconsin to give Indiana another opportunity, Stewart drove down the left side of the lane and had his shot attempt blocked by Tyler Wahl with 32 seconds left.
Chucky Hepburn gave Wisconsin breathing room by hitting two free throws for his only points of the night with 23.9 seconds left. After Indiana’s Xavier Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one with 18 seconds remaining, Hepburn made two more free throws to put the game out of reach.
Indiana’s collapse came after the Hoosiers dominated the first half.
After Wisconsin scored the game’s first five points, Indiana went on a 26-4 run over the next nine minutes. The Hoosiers capped that spurt by reeling off 12 straight points and holding Wisconsin scoreless for a stretch of 5:15.
Davis had nine rebounds to go along with his 23 points as Wisconsin earned its sixth straight victory. Wahl had seven points and 12 rebounds.
After shooting 54.8% in the first half, the Hoosiers went just 7 of 31 over the final 20 minutes. They also were just 6 of 13 on free-throw attempts.
No. 11 Arizona 94, Wyoming 65: Bennedict Mathurin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Kerr Kriisa added 17 points as the Wildcats (8-0) overwhelmed the Cowboys (8-1) in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona shot 53%, made 11 3-pointers and had 23 assists for its sixth win of at least 25 points this season. Xavier DuSell had 22 points and Graham Ike 17 to lead the Cowboys.
West Virginia 56, No. 15 UConn 53: Taz Sherman scored 23 points to lead the Mountaineers (8-1) to an upset of the Huskies (8-2) in Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia went 12 of 27 (44%) from the free-throw line but made enough in the closing minute. Sean McNeil, who missed West Virginia’s last game with a sore back, added 16 points for the Mountaineers.
Short-handed UConn was held to a season low in points in its first true road game. Isaiah Whaley led the Huskies with 15 points. R.J. Cole added 14 and Andre Jackson scored 10.
No. 19 Michigan State 75, Minnesota 67: Gabe Brown, Malik Hall and Tyson Walker scored 15 points apiece for the Spartans in the first Big Ten opener for Gophers coach Ben Johnson and the 27th for Spartans coach Tom Izzo.
Brown had three 3-pointers as the Spartans went 10 for 21 from long range against a Gophers team that entered the game with the best 3-point defense in the nation at 23.1% allowed.
No. 20 Florida 85, North Florida 55: Colin Castleton had a career-high 26 points and eight rebounds, Myreon Jones added 14 points as the host Gators (7-2) ended a two-game skid. Coming off a stunning home loss to previously winless Texas Southern, the Florida dominated from the opening tip and improved to 27-0 all time against the Ospreys (2-9).
No. 21 Ohio State 85, Towson 74: Kyle Young came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points as the Buckeyes outscored the Tigers 52-42 in the second half to win at home.
Justin Ahrens added 16 and E.J. Lidell added 15 for Ohio State.
No 24 BYU 82, Utah State 71: Alex Barcello scored 17 points while Te’Jon Lucas added 14 points and six assists to lead the Cougars in Provo, Utah.
Fousseyni Traore chipped in 14 points and Trevin Knell added a season-high 13. The Cougars (8-1) shot 50% from the field as they won their second straight game and remained unbeaten at home.
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