Badgers outlast No. 2 Michigan in OT
MADISON, Wis. — When Ben Brust tied the game at the end of regulation with a shot just from just inside midcourt, his teammate Mike Bruesewitz looked over at Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and saw something unusual.
His coach had both his arms in the air.
“You know when he shows some emotion, you’ve done something pretty special,” Bruesewitz said.
Brust hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat No. 3 Michigan 65-62 on Saturday.
“It was awesome, something I’ll remember forever, and I’m sure a lot of people will,” Brust said of the game, which ended with students storming the court and Bruesewitz taking the public address announcer’s microphone to thank the crowd as students celebrated around him.
The Wolverines became the third top three team to lose this week as No. 1 Indiana lost to Illinois and No. 2 Florida was beaten by Arkansas. This should be the sixth straight week with a different No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25.
Brust’s shot at the end of regulation was a dramatic turn of events for Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) and a soul crusher for Michigan (21-3, 8-3).
Just moments earlier, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a contested 3-pointer to put the Wolverines up 60-57 with less than 3 seconds left in regulation.
Following a timeout, Bruesewitz passed up his first option in the inbounds play and hit Brust in stride. The guard took one dribble across halfcourt and launched the shot, which hit nothing but net.
Ryan said the play was drawn up to see how Michigan defended the first cutter, Brust read the defense and reacted.
“The best thing was Mike’s pass on the dime on the run, didn’t have to reach back for it, able to catch it all in one motion,” Ryan said.
Michigan still had fouls to give before the shot, and coach John Beilein said the order coming out of the timeout was to foul. He also put Caris LeVert on Brust to bolster the defense.
“We were definitely fouling, wanted to keep everyone in front of us and (Brust) turned the corner on (LeVert) just enough that he couldn’t foul him,” Beilein said. “I thought we had them once they couldn’t get their initial guy.
“With Caris’ quickness, we thought he could get there, but he didn’t.”
For all the fireworks in the final 3 seconds, the teams only managed seven points in overtime, including Brust’s winning 3-pointer.
Following Brust’s shot, Hardaway couldn’t connect on his drive to the hoop on the next Michigan possession, and Glenn Robinson III fouled Jared Berggren on the rebound.
The Wolverines went to a full-court press with two more fouls to give. But the Badgers broke the press, and Michigan had to foul twice more to finally put Ryan Evans on the free throw line.
Evans, who shoots less than 43 percent from the line, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Trey Burke couldn’t connect in a rushed final possession for the Wolverines.
It was another grinding win for the Badgers keyed by their defense. Michigan came in as one of the top scoring teams in the country at almost 78 points per game. But Wisconsin held Michigan to less than 40 percent shooting from the field, including 5 of 18 from beyond the 3-point line.
NO. 2 FLORIDA 83, MISSISSIPPI STATE 58
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Rosario scored 18 points, Erik Murphy added 17 and No. 2 Florida bounced back from a humbling loss earlier in the week to thump Mississippi State.
The game looked every bit like a matchup of the Southeastern Conference’s best and worst teams.
Then again, it wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the 35-point beatdown the Gators handed the Bulldogs on their home court two weeks ago.
Casey Prather, playing in place of injured forward Will Yeguete, chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. Yeguete had arthroscopic surgery Friday to remove loose bodies in his right knee and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.
Florida (19-3, 9-1) went 4-5 without him last season, but was much better against the Bulldogs.
Gavin Ware scored 16 points, Colin Borchert added 14 and Trivante Bloodman chipped in 10 for Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8) — which played without guard Jalen Steele, who didn’t make the trip after being suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
OKLAHOMA 72, NO. 5 KANSAS 66
NORMAN, Okla. — Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and Oklahoma held off Kansas to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years.
The Sooners (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating then-No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.
Freshman Je’lon Hornbeak went 4 for 6 at the free throw line in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3) at bay. Cameron Clark hit two free throws to finish it off, and fans stormed the court after Buddy Hield came up with a steal and then dunked as the final buzzer sounded.
Ben McLemore led Kansas with 15 points.
NO. 6 GONZAGA 74, LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT 55
SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk each scored 20 points, and Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount to put itself on the brink of cracking the top 5.
Elias Harris added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast), which should benefit from this week’s losses by No. 1 Indiana, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Kansas.
Anthony Ireland tied a career high with 30 points to lead cold-shooting Loyola Marymount (8-16, 1-10), which has lost eight straight games and is last in the league.
Loyola Marymount, playing its third game in six days, has lost seven straight times to Gonzaga since their last win in 2010. But they have lost 23 straight times in Spokane dating to 1992.
NO. 8 MIAMI 87, NORTH CAROLINA 61
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists, and Miami hit a school record-tying 15 3-pointers to beat North Carolina for its 11th straight victory.
With Miami Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the stands, the Hurricanes put on another show at home, building margins of 9-0 and 44-27 to improve to 11-0 at home, where each of their past four wins have been by at least 22 points.
Such success is unprecedented for the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a school record for ACC victories in a season with eight games to go.
Reggie Bullock had 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4).
NO. 12 MICHIGAN ST. 78, PURDUE 65
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling added 17, leading Michigan State past Purdue.
The Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have won nine of their last 10 and will have at least a share of the league lead regardless of the result Sunday when No. 1 Indiana visits No. 10 Ohio State.
Purdue (12-12, 5-6) was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with 15, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a fourth loss in five games or a fifth straight loss in the series.
Michigan State opened the second half on a 12-5 spurt to take a 43-28 lead. Purdue never got closer than 11 after that.
NO. 13 KANSAS ST. 79, IOWA ST. 70
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as Kansas State knocked off Iowa State to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
Korie Lucious led the Cyclones (16-7, 6-4) with 16 points and reserve Tyrus McGee had 15.
The Wildcats (19-4, 8-2) held a slim 33-32 lead at the break in a game that remained close most of the way. With 9:10 remaining, Kansas State led 61-52.
In response to a pair of Iowa State baskets, Gipson and Rodriguez both scored and put the Wildcats up 65-55 — the first double-digit lead of the game.
Consecutive 3s by Lucious pulled the Cyclones within seven but Iowa State could get no closer.
NO. 14 BUTLER 59, GEORGE WASHINGTON 56
WASHINGTON — Rotnei Clark scored 14 points and Butler nearly blew a 17-point lead, going the last 7½ minutes without a field goal, before holding on for a victory over George Washington.
The Colonials cut the lead to one in the final minute and had several 3-point looks in the final 10 seconds that could have sent the game to overtime. Joe McDonald had the final chance, but he was stripped as he went up for the shot just before time expired.
Roosevelt Jones added 12 points for the Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10), who broke a two-game road losing streak.
Isaiah Armwood had 14 points and 11 rebounds for George Washington (11-11, 5-4).
NO. 23 PITTSBURGH 62, NO. 17 CINCINNATI 52
CINCINNATI — Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent Pittsburgh to a victory over Cincinnati, keeping the momentum going for one of the Big East’s hottest teams.
The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) have won seven of their last eight games overall and four of their last five on the road. They beat No. 6 Syracuse 65-55 a week ago, vaulting them into the Top 25.
Woodall hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that put Pitt ahead to stay with 3:21 left. The conference’s stingiest defense held Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5) without a field goal over the final 9 minutes, 21 seconds.
Sean Kilpatrick led Cincy with 16 points, but missed all seven shots he took after halftime.
NO. 19 OREGON 73, UTAH 64
EUGENE, Ore. — E.J. Singler had 21 points and Oregon overcame a poor start to end its three-game losing streak with a victory over Utah.
Damyean Dotson added 16 points for the Ducks (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12), who had been on a slide after opening conference play with seven straight victories.
Oregon trailed 30-22 after the first half but pulled in front midway through the second and extended its lead to 53-45 on Carlos Emory’s tip-in with 6:32 left. The Ducks led by as many as 13 points down the stretch.
Jason Washburn had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Utes (10-13, 2-9).
NO. 20 GEORGETOWN 69, RUTGERS 63
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Markel Starks scored 20 points and Otto Porter took over down the stretch to lead Georgetown over Rutgers.
Porter had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East), who have won five straight and seven of their last eight. Mikael Hopkins had 12 of his 14 points after halftime and D’Vaun Smith-Rivera scored 13.
Eli Carter had 23 points for the Scarlet Knights (12-10, 3-8), who lost their sixth straight.
After a string of nine straight scoring sequences produced either a lead change or tie, Porter scored on a fast-break layup to make it 62-60 with 4:44 left to give the Hoyas the lead for good.
NO. 21 MISSOURI 98, MISSISSIPPI 79
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Alex Oriakhi scored a career-high 22 points and added 18 rebounds, three blocks to lead Missouri over Mississippi.
Phil Pressey had four assists to break Anthony Peeler’s school record and had 22 points for Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back from its latest discouraging road loss, a 1-point setback at Texas A&M on Thursday. The Tigers are 14-0 at home and 0-5 on the road.
Marshall Henderson had 16 points on 4-for-15 shooting for Mississippi (18-5, 7-3), which was on the verge of cracking the Top 25 last week but has lost three of four. Jarvis Summers also had 16 points, while Murphy Holloway, coming off a career-best 24 points, was held to seven in 30 minutes.
NO. 22 OKLAHOMA ST. 72, TEXAS 59
AUSTIN, Texas — Marcus Smart scored 23 points and Oklahoma State cruised past struggling Texas for the Cowboys’ fifth straight win.
Markel Brown added 17 points for the Cowboys (17-5, 7-3 Big 12), who sputtered offensively for long stretches but used their own tough defense to clamp down on the Longhorns.
The Cowboys shot 38 percent from the field. Smart found just enough room inside and out to carry the Cowboys past a Texas team having its worst season in 15 years under coach Rick Barnes.
Ioannis Papapetrou scored 15 points to lead Texas (10-13, 2-8). The Longhorns shot 1 of 18 from 3-point range and were just 12 of 21 from the free throw line.
NO. 24 MARQUETTE 89, DEPAUL 78
MILWAUKEE — Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as Marquette held off DePaul to send the Blue Demons to their eighth straight loss.
With the win, Marquette (17-5, 8-2) moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Syracuse plays at home Sunday against St. Johns.
Davante Gardner added 13 points for Marquette, which won for the 22nd straight time at home, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.
Brandon Young had 21 points and six assists for DePaul (10-13, 1-9), while Worrel Clahar and Donnavan Kirk added 16 points each.
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