FINAL: Wisconsin pulled out 68-59 win over Michigan on Friday at United Center in Chicago in the Big Ten Tourney.
A run lasting across the halftime break allowed Wisconsin (22-10) to grab the advantage. Down 16-6 with 6:19 to go in the first half, the Badgers broke out for a 23-8 run to take a five-point lead early in the second half.
Michigan (26-7) broke out for a 16-4 run to take a 10-point lead in the first. Eventually though Wisconsin came back and took the lead, 26-24, on a field goal by Jared Berggren.
Ben Brust sparked the Badgers with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and he made 4-of-6 three-pointers in the victory. Traevon Jackson nailed 4-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 16 points. Wisconsin shot just 39 percent from the field (22-of-57). The Badgers shot 8-of-21 from three-point range during the game, good for 38 percent. Wisconsin also got a double-digit game from Ryan Evans (12 points).
Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 14 points, hauled in nine rebounds, and went 5-of-9 from the field for the Wolverines in the game. Michigan also got a double-digit performance from Trey Burke (19 points).
Jon Horford finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Michigan lead 20-17 at halftime. The Badgers won the free throw battle, shooting 76 percent (16-of-21) from the charity stripe, compared to 59 percent (10-of-17) for the Wolverines.
HALFTIME: Michigan held No. 22 Wisconsin’s offense to 17 percent shooting, helping the Wolverines to a 20-17 halftime advantage.
Michigan led 16-6 late in the first half, but allowed the Badgers to close the gap with a 11-4 run. The Wolverines dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding Wisconsin 27-21.
Through 20 minutes of action, a major weapon for the Badgers has been shut down, as Michigan has kept Jared Berggren in check. The senior enters halftime with two points, well below his season average of 11.5.
Traevon Jackson is leading Wisconsin. The sophomore has seven points. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines in the first half, with four points and five rebounds.
Burke hits Hardaway Jr. with the alley-oop.
Berggren answers the Michigan alley-oop with a jam.
Jackson’s steal leads to a Brust three-pointer.
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