Winston Outduels Happ In MSU Win Over Wisconsin

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 14, 2019

EditorsNote: Minor fixes, including style on 3-pointer.

Happ was the only Badger to score multiple field goals in the second half, and before sophomore guard Brad Davison hit a garbage time three-pointer with ten seconds remaining, Wisconsin had gone the previous five minutes and 10 seconds without a single point.

The No. 6-ranked University of MI men's basketball team dropped a Big Ten Conference road game against Penn State, 75-69, on Tuesday night (Feb. 12) at Bryce Jordan Center. With two technical fouls assessed to Beilein, the Nittany Lions would hit three of four free throws to start the half before Zavier Simpson hit a trey in transition, 18 seconds into the half to nullify the free throws.

For the most part, things have gone swimmingly for MI basketball during the 2018-19 season and until Tuesday's very bad loss at Penn State, everything seemed to be going to plan.

It was one of those gritty wins that Tom Izzo-coached teams have been known for over the years and definitely a memorable one - especially for Kenny Goins who hit one of the biggest shots of his life with 30 seconds left to essentially ice the game.

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Wisconsin scored the first five points of the second half to open a six-point lead, one that disappeared nearly as quickly. Wisconsin led 38-37 heading into the break in what ended up being a high-scoring half.

The Badgers have been led by the play of star senior Ethan Happ, who is averaging 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this season.

In the second half, the Badgers struggled to establish an offensive rhythm and would not take back the lead after the 17-minute mark in the second half.

The Badgers shot six of 20 from three-point range, and five of 12 from the free throw line, including a rough zero for six night from Happ.

But in front a "sea of red" crowd at the Kohl Center, Happ's free-throw shooting woes continued. "He does so many good things for us". Goins and forward Nick Ward each added 12 points. The Foresters (16-13, 6-11) led 39-33 at halftime, but fell behind by six with 2:17 left when Wagner hit a big 3-pointer. While he is still not a willing shooter, missing both of his three-point attempts, he was able to make some big plays down the stretch.

The Badgers have now lost two in a row after a six-game win streak.

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