Tucker powers Wisconsin over Northwestern
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker scored 20 points and Kammron
Taylor added 15, leading second-ranked Wisconsin to a 69-52 victory over
Northwestern at the Kohl Center.
Michael Flowers chipped in 12 points for the Badgers (22-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who
rebounded from a 71-66 loss at Indiana on Wednesday and won for the 18th time
in their last 19 games. Wisconsin also extended its home winning streak to 19.
“I thought our guys were very patient and mature defensively and didn’t give
up a lot of easy buckets,” said Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan.
Kevin Coble scored 24 points for Northwestern (11-11, 1-8), which has lost
three in a row and eight of its last nine. Vince Scott and Tim Doyle each
registered nine points in defeat.
Northwestern scored the first two points of the game on a layup by Scott, but
Wisconsin followed with 11 of the next 13 points and never trailed again.
A bucket by Doyle pulled the Wildcats within 19-13 with just over five minutes
left in the half, but the Badgers followed with a 14-6 run and scored the last
seven points to take a 33-19 edge to the break.
The lead reached 20 on a three-pointer by Tucker just three minutes into the
second half and a basket by Greg Stiemsma gave the Badgers a 62-38 cushion
with just under nine minutes to play, but Northwestern used a 14-0 run to pull
Scott’s layup with 3:20 remaining made it a 62-52 game, but the Wildcats
didn’t score again. Taylor hit two free throws with 2:48 left to end
“I thought we did a much better job the last 3 1/2 minutes of taking away
certain looks than we did on one stretch where they got 12 points on five
possessions,” Ryan added. “That takes you from 20-something down to 10 or 12
in hurry. But you have to be able to recover from that knowing that it’s a
shooting team. We had our streak, too.”
The Badgers finished 16-of-20 from the stripe, while Northwestern was just 1-
of-2 from the line.
Wisconsin committed just five fouls and held a 37-21 edge on the boards…The
Badgers shot 46 percent overall and hit 7-of-15 three-point tries…Wisconsin
swept the season series, earning a 56-50 victory on January 13 in Evanston.