Saturday , Dec , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Tucker, Butch help No. 7 Wisconsin hand Panthers first loss

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker poured in a game-high 32 points
and added 10 rebounds, as seventh-ranked Wisconsin rolled past second-ranked
Pittsburgh, 89-75, at the Kohl Center.

Brian Butch added a season-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field
for the Badgers (11-1), who have rattled off seven straight wins. Butch also
added 11 boards while Kammron Taylor netted 14 points.

Aaron Gray had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (10-1), who
suffered their first loss of the season. Pittsburgh also had its 21-game
non-conference winning streak snapped.

Ronald Ramon had 16 points and Mike Cook donated 14 points in the loss for the
Panthers.

The Badgers stormed out of the gate and opened the contest on a 10-2 run to
take control early. Tucker netted five points during the stretch, including a
three-pointer.

After Pittsburgh battled back into the game, Wisconsin ended the first half on
a 10-3 run to take a 47-37 lead into the break. Butch scored seven of the
points during the stretch.

The Badgers shot a scorching 54.8 percent from the field in the opening 20
minutes and were led by Butch and Tucker, as both players netted 20 points in
the first half. Butch and Tucker were also both solid from long distance, with
each player hitting 2-of-3 shots from beyond the arc.

Ramon kept the Panthers in the game by scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in
the first half.

A 10-3 run early in the second half pushed Wisconsin’s lead to 13 points.
Butch started the surge with four straight points and Taylor followed with six
consecutive points, including a trey to make it 60-47 about five minutes into
the half.

The Panthers continued to trail by double digits and a 7-2 dash by the Badgers
made it 76-61 with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest.

Keith Benjamin’s layup with about three minutes left in the contest pulled
Pittsburgh to within 10 points, but that is as close as the Panthers got
the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Badgers have now won 12 straight at home and are 81-5 in home games under
head coach Bo Ryan…Wisconsin, which defeated Pitt for the first time in the
last four meetings, leads the all-time series at 11-7…The Panthers lost for
the first time in the last 11 games against a Big Ten opponent…The Badgers
shot 8-of-16 from beyond the arc while the Panthers were 6-of-18 from three-
point range.

PITT WISCONSIN