Sanders sparks Rutgers to 64-60 win over Wisconsin
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders scored 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting to give Rutgers a much-needed win over Wisconsin, 64-60, Friday night.
Sanders scored with 1:47 left then added a 3-pointer with under a minute to go for a 58-53 lead.
Brad Davison hit Wisconsin’s first 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 53 and cap a 7-0 run.
Tied at 15, Sanders hit a layup at the buzzer to give Rutgers a 25-24 lead at halftime but Wisconsin (9-8, 2-2 Big Ten) took the lead on the first possession of the second half.
The game went back and forth before Rutgers (11-6, 1-3) took the lead on a Sanders 3-pointer to make it 36-34 at the 13:38 mark. Sanders scored on an alley-oop followed by a Geo Baker layup to close out a 14-2 run and give Rutgers a 42-35 lead.
Deshawn Freeman had 15 points for Rutgers.
Wisconsin was led by Ethan Happ’s 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Nate Reuvers added 10 points.
Wisconsin: On the start of a three-game Big Ten road trip, the Badgers dropped to .500 in the conference.
Rutgers: After two embarrassing home losses to Stony Brook and Hartford to close nonconference play, Rutgers was drubbed at No. 13 Purdue. The win snaps a three-game losing streak and gave Rutgers’ its first Big Ten win.
Wisconsin: Visits Nebraska on Tuesday night.
Rutgers: At No. 1 Michigan State on Wednesday night.