Missouri State shocks No. 7 Wisconsin
South Padre Island, TX (Sports Network) – Blake Ahearn scored 25 points, as
Missouri State upset seventh-ranked Wisconsin, 66-64, in the semifinals of the
South Padre Island Invitational.
The Bears (4-0), who blew a 19-point lead, survived at the end when Alando
Tucker missed a three-point shot from the right corner at the buzzer denying
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan his 500th career victory.
Deven Mitchell added 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Missouri State,
which took a shocking 45-32 lead in the opening half by shooting 14-of-22 from
the field. The Bears then held on against a team that went a woeful 2-of-15
from three-point range.
Tucker ended with 26 points and Michael Flowers tallied 10 for Wisconsin
(4-1), which struggled by shooting 39.3 percent.
The Badgers took a 62-57 advantage on a three-point shot by Tucker with 5:25
remaining, but Missouri State scored the next eight points. Spencer Laurie’s
bucket gave the Bears the lead for good at 63-62 with under two minutes left.
Mitchell then came up with a blocked shot and Nathan Bilyeu drained a jumper
from the right corner to cap the spurt.
Kameron Taylor’s free throw brought the Badgers within the final margin with
46.8 seconds left, and Wisconsin had an opportunity at the end after Mitchell
stepped on the end line. However, Tucker’s try caromed off the rim, and the
ball remained loose for a couple of seconds as the game ended.
Missouri State started the game up 7-0 and widened the margin to 45-26 before
the Badgers closed the first half strong.
Missouri State won the only previous meeting with Wisconsin by a score of
43-32 in 1999…Wisconsin had 16 points off turnovers to three for Missouri