Wednesday , Dec , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Tucker leads Badgers over Terps in Mad Town

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker poured in a career-high 27 points
to lead the 25th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers to a 69-64 victory over No. 12
Maryland as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Kohl Center.

Sharif Chambliss, a transfer player from Penn State who is not currently on
scholarship, added 15 points for the Badgers (3-1), who avenged an overtime
loss to the Terps last season. Zach Morley added 12 points, as Wisconsin
captured its 31st consecutive victory at home.

Ekene Ibekwe delivered 21 points for Maryland (3-1), which came into the game
off a blowout victory over Memphis on Friday. Chris McGray posted 14 points
while Travis Garrison added 11 points in the losing effort.

Wisconsin seemed to be in control with about 10 minutes to go in the game, but
Ibekwe practically tied things up himself with his stellar play. With his
Terps trailing 48-42, Ibekwe’s steal and thundering dunk was followed by
another to bring Maryland within two. He then blocked a shot on the defensive
end, which led to a running layup by Garrison and a 48-48 tie with eight
minutes remaining.

However, the Badgers scored the next five points, including a three-pointer by
Chambliss, to take a 53-48 lead with 6:30 on the clock. The Terps then came
within three, 55-52 nearly two minutes later before a pair of Wisconsin foul
shots put the hosts back on top by five.

With the action still tight down the stretch, a clutch trey by McGray cut
Maryland’s deficit to 59-55 with 2:25 left and another jam by Ibekwe made it a
two-point contest.

But Chambliss would not go away, as another three-pointer gave Wisconsin a
little breathing room before a Tucker layup soon after made it 64-57 with
under a minute remaining in regulation.

McGray’s bucket in the paint coupled with an inside basket by Ibekwe brought
the Terps within five, 66-61, and the comeback was nearly complete when Nik
Caner-Medley nailed a three-pointer for a 66-64 margin with 30 seconds to

Wisconsin then made 1-of-2 foul shots, creating a one-possession contest.
Going the other way, the ball ended up in the hands of Caner-Medley, but with
a chance to tie, he was stripped on the way up and the Badgers held on for the

A nice alley-oop gave Maryland a 15-11 lead with 12 minutes to go in the
opening half and three minutes later, after an 8-1 Wisconsin run, a three-
pointer by Garrison tied it up at 19 apiece.

Chambliss answered with a three-pointer for the Badgers and followed that
several minutes later with a layup to make it 26-21 with over seven minutes
remaining in the first half.

From there, Wisconsin increased its lead to 38-32, but neither team could
produce a single point thereafter as a sloppy end to the first half led to a
six-point Badger lead at the break.

Amazingly, the bench provided all but two of Wisconsin’s 38 first-half points.

Wisconsin’s last home loss came at the hands of Wake Forest during another
installment of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on December 4, 2002.