Badgers hold off Wildcats
Evanston, IL (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker scored 17 points, with 15 coming
in the second half, and also pulled down eight rebounds as the third-ranked
Wisconsin Badgers snuck past Northwestern, 56-50, at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Kammron Taylor netted 12 points for the Badgers (17-1, 3-0 Big Ten), who are
on a 13-game win streak, their best start in school history. Brian Butch
contributed nine points and seven boards, while Marcus Landry added eight
points in the contest.
Jeff Ryan had a team-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Wildcats
(10-7, 0-4), who have lost four straight contests, all in conference play. Tim
Doyle donated 11 points, while Sterling Williams and Vince Scott each had
eight points in a losing effort.
The game was close through the second half, as Northwestern held a slim 38-37
edge with 10:21 remaining.
The lead then changed hands five times over the next three minutes before
Wisconsin opened up a 46-42 lead on Tucker’s trey with 5:11 left in the game.
The see-saw battle continued before the Wildcats made a final push, getting
within two, 52-50, on Ryan’s three-point shot with 51 ticks left. Taylor and
Tucker each hit a pair from the charity stripe to clinch the win for
Northwestern made 38 percent of its shots in the game, while Wisconsin
finished at 44 percent.
Northwestern grabbed an early 7-2 lead, then held off the Badgers in the
opening minutes with a balanced offensive attack.
A three-point play by Brian gave Wisconsin its first lead of the contest,
14-13, with 9:14 to play in the first half. A back-and-forth battle
followed, with the Badgers eventually holding a 24-18 edge with three minutes
remaining before the break.
The Wildcats then closed out the half on an 8-0 run. Ryan’s layup started the
spurt at 1:15, then Doyle capitalized on a turnover by Jason Bohannon at the
other end, going the length of the floor and finishing with a running layup to
make it 24-22.
Another crucial turnover by the Taylor resulted in another layup by Ryan to
tie things up, and Northwestern closed out the half leading 26-24 as Doyle’s
short jumper fell through with nine ticks remaining.
Wisconsin won the battle of the boards, 37-22…Tucker, who ranks second in
the Big Ten in scoring, surpassed Danny Jones for second place on UW’s all-
time scoring list. He’s scored 1,858 points in 108 career starts…The
Wildcats’ last win over a top-five team was on January 27, 1979, against No. 4