UW back on top with win over OSU

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio ? That was the ending they were hoping forlast time.A year after having its conference championship hopes dashedon the very same court, the Wisconsin basketball team stayed atop the Big Tenrace with a 58-53 win over Ohio State at the Value City Arena Sunday.“That was a great win for us,” guard JasonBohannon said. “Ohio State played pretty good today. ? For us to come inhere and get a victory was pretty good.”Bohannon led all scorers with 16 points and MichaelFlowers added 14 as the Badgers (23-4, 13-2 Big Ten) overcame 12 first-halfturnovers to hand the Buckeyes (17-10, 8-6) their second consecutive loss.Marcus Landry narrowly missed his second double-double ofthe season with a 10 point, nine rebound effort for 10th-ranked UW.Wisconsin took what had been a back-and-forth defensivestruggle between UW’s man-to-man and OSU’s 3-2 zone and created some separationfor itself midway through the second half.Trailing by two after Jon Diebler made his only 3-pointerof the game, the Badgers used their balanced offense to go on a 9-0 run thatsaw no UW player contributing more than one field goal.The spurt was started by Flowers, who leaped high atmidcourt to intercept a pass from Ohio State’s Jamar Butler and then went infor a layup that eventually fell in after nearly coming to rest on the back ofthe rim.“I have never looked up and seen a guy that size thathigh up in the air. ? What a great read,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryansaid. “And that was a big play.”The next UW possession, Flowers found Bohannon open forone of the guard’s four 3-pointers. After Brian Butch made a mid-range jumperoff an assist from Tim Jarmusz, Landry finished off the run with two freethrows with 5:08 to play.As it turned out, the Badgers would need just about everyone of those points, as their next points came on Landry’s breakaway dunk toput the game away with 11 seconds left.The Buckeyes picked up the pressure defensively, bringingback the full-court trap used in the first half and swarming around the ball totry to create turnovers. While the Badgers were able to deal with the zone,limiting their turnovers to just three in the second half, at times theystruggled to get off a good shot.“They even got more aggressive those last fiveminutes,” Landry said. “They picked up their defense even more. ? Youhave to make the right decision at the right time or else something bad mighthappen or you might not get the shot you want.”But just as Wisconsin struggled to score at the end of thegame, so too did Ohio State. After drawing to within three points with 3:18 togo on two Butler free throws, the Buckeyes couldn’t score the rest of the way.Included in that drought were two missed layups that forward Brian Butch wasable to alter.“I was just trying to be strong more than anything,and be big,” Butch said. “I’m 6?-11?, and just try and get the ball.?“The first one on (OSU forward Matt) Terwilliger Ijust got a good block on and got the rebound. Then (Evan) Turner tried takingit in and got a little piece of it. I didn’t try to jump and block that one;usually that’s when you get a foul called.”In total, Ohio State missed its last five shots and wasnot able to come completely back.“I think we won the first war, and then towards themiddle to the end of the second half they were up seven and I think that’swhere we could never recover from,” Terwilliger said.After trailing by as many as seven early on, Wisconsin wastied with Ohio State 32-32 at the end of a sloppy opening half. Wisconsinturned the ball over 12 times in the first 20 minutes of play, nearly matchingits season average for a complete game. The Buckeyes were also careless withthe ball, losing possession 10 times.The Buckeyes at times extended their 3-2 zone to afull-court trapping zone to bother the Badgers, and it got to two of UW’s morereliable ball handlers. Michael Flowers and Joe Krabbenhoft each contributedthree turnovers to the total.Wisconsintook the upper hand early thanks to an 8-2 run to open the game. But Ohio Statestormed back, eliminating the deficit with a 15-4 run to take a seven-pointlead ? its largest of the game ? with just under eight minutes left at 19-12.last_img

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