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Wisconsin’s No.22 beats Indiana 64-59 with strong comeback

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MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) Johnny Davis scored 23 points and gave a 3-point green light with 1:18 remaining to help No.22 Wisconsin clear a 22-point deficit and beat Indiana 64- 59 Wednesday to extend his dominant house in the series.

Wisconsin (8-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have won 19 straight home games against Indiana, who haven’t beaten the Badgers at Madison since a 69-59 decision on Jan. 25, 1998. The Hoosiers have almost ended the streak last. year, but fell 80-73 to Wisconsin in double overtime.

This loss of Indiana (7-2, 1-1) turned out to be even more painful.

Wisconsin trailed 42-20 late in the first half and trailed 42-25 in intermission, but scored the last 11 points of the game. The Badgers outscored Indiana 16-2 in the final 5 minutes and 50 seconds.

Indiana has missed 14 of its last 15 shots.

The Hoosiers were still leading 59-57 when Brad Davison of Wisconsin forced a steal with 1:41 left. During the Badgers’ possession, center Steven Vogt passed to Davis, whose 3-point corner gave Wisconsin their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

Xavier Johnson, Race Thompson and Parker Stewart of Indiana all missed potential shots on the Hoosiers’ next possession. After the ball went out of Wisconsin’s bounds to give Indiana another chance, Stewart rolled over to the left side of the lane and his shot attempt was blocked by Tyler Wahl with 32 seconds left.

Chucky Hepburn gave Wisconsin a boost with two free throws for his first points of the night with 23.9 seconds left. After Xavier Johnson of Indiana missed the lead in a one-on-one with 18 seconds left, Hepburn made two more free throws to put the game out of reach.

Indiana’s collapse came after the Hoosiers dominated the first half.

After Wisconsin scored the game’s first five points, Indiana went on a 26-4 streak over the next nine minutes. The Hoosiers capped the push by scoring 12 straight points and keeping Wisconsin scoreless for a 5:15 streak.

Davis had nine rebounds to go with his 23 points as Wisconsin claimed their sixth straight victory. Wahl had seven points and 12 rebounds.

Thompson had 12 points and Johnson 10 for Indiana. Johnson also had seven rebounds and seven assists.

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: After shooting 54.8% in the first half, the Hoosiers got just 7 of 31 in the last 20 minutes. They were also just 6 of 13 in free throw attempts.

Wisconsin: The Badgers showed their defensive tenacity by rebounding from such a poor start. Hepburn, a freshman, struggled on his Big Ten debut but was hooked on the line in the dying seconds.

SURVEY IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin’s chances of advancing in the polls may depend on how the Badgers fare on Saturday when they visit the Ohio State No.21.

FOLLOWING

Indiana: Hosts Merrimack Sunday.

Wisconsin: At No. 21 in Ohio State, Saturday.

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