Taylor’s late three-pointer leads Wisconsin over Spartans
Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker poured in 26 points, but it was
Kammron Taylor’s three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in regulation that lifted
No. 4 Wisconsin over Michigan State, 52-50, at the Kohl Center.
Taylor, who finished with eight points, took the ball after an inbounds pass
to Marcus Landry and hit the game-winning bucket from the top of the arc. Drew
Neitzel then rushed the length of the court, but his long trey fell short at
Wisconsin (27-4, 13-3 Big Ten) finished shooting just 36 percent from the
Neitzel finished with 22 points for the Spartans (21-10, 8-8), who dropped
their final two games of the season. Two weeks ago, Michigan State posted a
64-55 upset of then top-ranked Wisconsin in East Lansing.
Wisconsin started a run-filled first half by ripping off eight straight
points to go up 10-4 early on. Michigan State responded with an 8-0 spurt of
its own for a two-point edge before Tucker scored the next seven points,
giving the Badgers a 17-12 lead.
Neitzel and Maurice Joseph then hit back-to-back three-pointers and Neitzel
capped the 8-0 run with a layup as the Spartans went up by three with 2:58
Wisconsin, though, cut it to 26-24 at the break on Tucker’s jumper.
The contest remained close in the second half and got even tighter when
Neitzel drilled a jumper to give the Spartans a 50-49 edge with 1:31
Taylor then missed a jump shot with 57 seconds left, but Michigan State’s
Travis Walton also missed a jumper on the other end to give the ball back to
the Badgers, who called a timeout with 11.7 seconds to play.
Michigan State still holds a 66-55 advantage in the all-time series…The
Spartans finished 47 percent shooting in the game.