Wisconsin nips No. 14 Minnesota in late thriller

Traevon Jackson just beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin got past No. 14 Minnesota 45-44 on Saturday, the Golden Gophers’ fourth straight loss.

After Jackson’s shot gave the Badgers a 45-43 lead, the Golden Gophers (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) called a timeout with 1.8 seconds remaining and inbounded from halfcourt. The Badgers’ Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe on the play, but the big man was unable to shoot the ensuing free throws because of an apparent right hand or wrist injury.

Rodney Williams stepped to the line and made the first free throw, but missed the second and Sam Dekker grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Wisconsin (14-6, 5-2), which ended a two-game slide.

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BTN’s Dave Revsine and Shon Morris break down game:

Bo Ryan postgame interview:

Traevon Jackson beats shot clock, sends Wisconsin to win:

Andre Hollins drains tough jumper:

Sam Dekker hits first-half 3-pointer:

FINAL: Traevon Jackson beat the shot clock to give Wisconsin the lead with 2.1 seconds left, and the Badgers held on for a 45-44 victory over No. 14 Minnesota on Saturday at the Kohl Center. Minnesota had a chance to tie it on the final possession, as Trevor Mbakwe was fouled and sent to the line for two attempts. Mbakwe injured his wrist on the play, however, and Rodney Williams went to the line in his place. Williams hit the first but missed the second, and Sam Dekker grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock. The Badgers limited the Gophers to 16-of-46 shooting from the field (35 percent) and they hauled in 25 defensive boards. Ryan Evans sparked the Badgers, as he scored 10 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and contributed three assists in the win. The Badgers shot just 37 percent from the field (17-of-46). Wisconsin also got a double-digit performance from Dekker (10 points).

HALFTIME: Wisconsin and No. 14 Minnesota go into the half even at 24, with a standout performance from the Badgers’ Ryan Evans, who scored eight point and grabbed five rebounds. The two teams struggled early on from the field, going the first nine minutes without a two-point bucket. They did combine for five 3-pointers during the span, however, as Minnesota jumped out to a 9-6 lead. Sam Dekker came off the bench and provided an immediate spark for the Badgers, scoring eight points on a 3-of-4 effort from the field. Andre Hollins has a game-high 11 points for Minnesota, while Maverick Ahanmisi chipped in six off the bench.

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Rodger on 1/26/2013 @ 3:29pm EDT Said:

They screwed Minnesota out of point. Andre hollins made a 3 pointer!!

Rodger on 1/26/2013 @ 4:07pm EDT Said:

They “lost’by 1?….I don’tget it!
Nice job refs! Nice job BTN;why didn’t you say something?

Bucky on 1/26/2013 @ 5:17pm EDT Said:

And he also made a 3 that was changed to a two because his foot was on the line. The score is correct…

Sam Dekker on 1/26/2013 @ 5:30pm EDT Said:

You can keep thinking the Gophers got screwed, but you are wrong…

Chuck on 1/26/2013 @ 7:35pm EDT Said:

I didn’t see the ending of the game, so could someone clear up what happened to Minn on the last position. I heard that when the Minn player was injured on the last play and could not shoot the free throws, the Wisc coach decided who on the Minn team would take his place. I’m not questioning the rule, I’ve just never seen this rule applied.

Pam on 1/26/2013 @ 8:11pm EDT Said:

Did he really beat the shot clock. I’m not saying he did, I’m not saying he didn’t but, you think the announcers and BTN replay would have discussed it. Very poor are you actually watching the game!

ike on 1/27/2013 @ 11:28am EDT Said:

why is no one mentioning a very questionable foul call on the final inbounds that gave minnesota a chance. It appeared an offensive pushoff on Mbakwe was the only contact that caused an advantage. Not to mention an “injury” that allowed the worst free throw shooter on the floor to not shoot his own foul shots. it was close on whether or not jacksons shot got off but the refs gifted minnesota with a great chance to get into overtime they just didnt convert. You cant be upset when the game ends on your own missed freethrow.

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