Freshman Nigel Hayes had 15 points for Wisconsin (20-5, 7-5
Big Ten), which has won three straight games following a stretch
in which it lost five of six. Sam Dekker contributed 10 points
and seven rebounds to help the Badgers reach the 20-win mark for
the eighth consecutive season.
Andre Hollins paced Minnesota (16-9, 5-7) with 22 points,
including four 3-pointers. Malik Smith shot 4-of-7 from beyond
the arc and finished with 14 points off the bench for the Golden
Gophers, who have lost 16 of the last 17 against the Badgers in
Minnesota trailed 35-28 at halftime after Daquein McNeil hit a
3-pointer at the buzzer and the Badgers extended their lead to
15 with just under six minutes remaining. The Golden Gophers
rallied late and cut the deficit to five on Hollins' 3-pointer
with 1:20 left, but the Badgers converted eight of their final
10 foul shots to seal the victory.
Wisconsin, which lost 81-68 at Minnesota on Jan. 22, shot 48.8
percent from the field and forced 13 turnovers. Deandre Mathieu
had eight points, six rebounds and six assists for the Golden
Gophers, who failed to record their first season sweep of the
Badgers since 2008-09 despite shooting 9-of-17 from 3-point
GAME NOTEBOOK: Dekker has scored in double figures in each of
his four career games against the Golden Gophers. … Minnesota F
Maurice Walker came in as his team's leading scorer and rebounder over the last five games, but the Badgers held him to
five points and two rebounds. … Wisconsin, which visits Michigan
on Sunday, improved to 75-2 over its last 77 games when leading
or tied with five minutes remaining.
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