Hoosiers finally beat Wisconsin

MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Published:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Tom Crean watched his young Hoosiers grow up Tuesday night.

Stunned fans were overjoyed with the results.

The turnovers and fouls were down. The defense improved and the Hoosiers did more than just play for pride -- they protected their home court against a team that hadn't lost all season.

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points, including two free throws with 18.1 seconds left, and freshman Stanford Robinson added a career-best 13 before grabbing the final rebound on a missed 3-pointer to preserve Indiana's 75-72 upset over No. 3 Wisconsin -- a win that sent students streaming onto the court.

"The program has had a lot of big wins. To the team, it means a great deal," Crean said. "To me, the team needs this. I mean we had a long week from Michigan State to Penn State but we've gotten a lot better, and we got a lot better the last couple of days. It's amazing what happens when some real confidence starts to come."

The postgame celebration exemplified how critical the win was to a team that has been mostly inconsistent.

Until Saturday's win at Penn State, the Hoosiers had beaten only one power conference foe -- Washington -- way back in November. Now they have two straight wins over Big Ten foes, taking down a team that had given it nothing but fits for seven years.

Wisconsin (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) entered the night as one of the nation's last four unbeaten teams and was trying to become the first team to ever win 13 straight over Indiana.

The tale of the tape appeared to be stacked against the Hoosiers, too.

Somehow, though, Indiana (12-5, 2-2) responded with its best performance of the season.

It committed only nine turnovers, limited Wisconsin to four free throws and somehow managed to dig itself out from a 10-point second-half deficit with a remarkable 12-0 run that gave the Hoosiers the lead for good.

"We've come very far, had a lot of early losses, but I felt like we learned from watching film," said Ferrell, a sophomore who has emerged as Indiana's top scorer. "We've been working hard in practice, but we're not going to be content with it."

Nor should they be.

While Ferrell and Robinson led the way, only two other players -- senior Will Sheehey and freshman Noah Vonleh reached double figures. Sheehey had 13 points, Vonleh 11. They lost the rebounding battle 33-28 and allowed the Badgers to shoot 53.3 percent from the field. They also struggled to defend Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson, who had 16 of his career-high 21 in the second half.

But it was the more experienced Badgers who got out of sorts late.

Jackson missed a 3 from the top of the key with 12 seconds to go. Josh Gasser grabbed the rebound and flipped the ball out to Ben Brust in the corner, who rushed his shot with 5 seconds left and came up short.

"When the clock's ticking in your head like that, he felt like there were two seconds to go or three," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said. "Also he felt that he needed to get the shot up in case the first touch from 3-point range is the call. There was actually just under four seconds left when the ball came down."

All five Badgers starters scored in double figures -- Brust had 13, Gasser and Frank Kaminsky both had 11 and Sam Dekker finished with 10.

But over the final 13 minutes, the Badgers had trouble scoring. The shooting woes gave Indiana the opening it so desperately needed, and after Crean called a timeout everything changed.

Evan Gordon started the rally with a 17-foot jumper. Sheehey and Robinson followed that with consecutive layups. Vonleh finished the 12-0 run with a jumper in the paint to give Indiana a 54-52 lead with 8:58 left, and the Hoosiers never trailed again.

But Wisconsin tied the score at 61 and closed to 73-72 on Kaminsky's putback with 28.5 seconds left.

Ferrell then made two free throws, the Badgers missed the two 3s -- and the crowd went wild over the Hoosiers their biggest win of the season.

"We're not going to sit and watch this tape and have a pizza party and get some ice cream and say 'Wow, we couldn't have played any better,'" said Crean, who beat Ryan for the first time since he was hired by Indiana. "We're not. I think we've got a lot of potential, but you coach this game expecting to win."

No. 5 WICHITA ST. 72, BRADLEY 50

WICHITA, Kan. -- Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds and Wichita State remained undefeated.

Darius Carter added 11 points for the Shockers (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season in their first game as a top 5 team since 1981.

Walt Lemon scored 12 points, Tyshon Pickett added 11 and Omari Grier had 10 for Bradley (6-12, 1-4). Those three were a combined 12 of 37 from the field.

The Shockers' two leading scorers, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker, combined for just 13 points in 40 minutes, and it didn't really matter.

VanVleet was 7 of 10 from the field and has scored at least 16 points in four of Wichita State's last five games.

Bradley had not played a conference game against a top 5 opponent since an 82-80 overtime loss at No. 4 Louisville on Jan. 4, 1975.

No. 7 FLORIDA 72, GEORGIA 50

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Frazier II scored a career-high 21 points and Florida set a school record for consecutive home wins.

The undermanned Gators won their 25th straight at the O'Connell Center, topping the previous mark set between March 2006 and November 2007.

Frazier made 7 of 16 shots, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range for Florida (14-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference). His previous high was 20 points in a loss to Wisconsin early this season.

Juwan Parker led Georgia (8-7, 2-1) with 13 points while Marcus Thornton added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points for Florida. while Will Yeguete added 12 and Pat Young 10.

Florida won despite playing its second game without leading scorer Casey Prather, who sat out with a bruised right knee. The Gators had just seven scholarship players.

ARKANSAS 87, No. 13 KENTUCKY 85, OT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Michael Qualls slammed home a thundering two-hand dunk with .2 seconds remaining in overtime for Arkansas.

The win ends a two-game losing streak for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), who have won three straight at home over the Wildcats.

Qualls, who finished with 18 points, flew in from the baseline as time was winding down and corralled Ky Madden's 3-point miss for the dunk.

Madden had 18 points for Arkansas, while Alandise Harris finished with 12 and Bobby Portis 11.

James Young led Kentucky (12-4, 2-1) with 23 points, while Julius Randle had 20 and Aaron Harrison 16.

Arkansas nearly won the game in regulation, taking a 74-71 lead with 9.5 seconds remaining on a three-point play by Harris.

However, Andrew Harrison connected on a wide-open 3-pointer for the Wildcats with 1.2 seconds remaining.

The game appeared headed for a second overtime after Young's 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left tied the game at 85. Kentucky had a four-game winning streak snapped.

No. 19 CINCINNATI 69, TEMPLE 58

CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick emerged from his 3-point shooting slump Tuesday night, and Justin Jackson had a double-double as Cincinnati rallied from a late deficit.

Cincinnati (16-2, 5-0) remained alone atop the American Athletic Conference with its ninth straight win. The Bearcats are 13-0 at home this season.

After Temple (5-10, 0-5) went ahead 47-45 with 7:24 to go, Kilpatrick hit consecutive 3s that started a 12-point run. He finished with 23 points, matching his season high. Jackson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots, one shy of his career high.

The Owls have lost five straight and remain alone at the bottom of the AAC. They dressed only eight players Tuesday night because of injuries. Dalton Pepper led the Owls with 21 points.

No. 20 CREIGHTON 88, BUTLER 60

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half and Creighton defeated fellow Big East newcomer Butler for its 10th straight win.

The Bluejays (15-2, 5-0) closed the first half on a 32-6 run to lead 53-24, and Butler (10-7, 0-5) never got closer than 25 points the rest of the way.

Creighton, back in the Top 25 for the first time since late November, blew open the game after Alex Barlow's 3-pointer pulled the Bulldogs within 21-18. McDermott scored 13 points during the Bluejays' decisive spurt, finishing it with a jumper that put him in the top 25 on the NCAA all-time scoring chart. He has 2,644 career points.

Austin Chatman added 10 points for the Bluejays, who subbed freely throughout the second half.

Kellen Dunham scored 12 points and Khyle Marshall added 11 for Butler.

No. 22 PITTSBURGH 81, GEORGIA TECH 74

ATLANTA -- Talib Zanna scored 22 points and James Robinson added 16 as Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half.

The Panthers (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 35-32 at halftime but quickly seized control after the break for their sixth straight win. Georgia Tech (10-7, 1-3) called a couple of quick timeouts, trying to stem the onslaught, but the Yellow Jackets were overpowered in the lane and couldn't prevent another victory by the conference newcomer.

Georgia Tech got as close as 78-74 before the Panthers sealed it at the free throw line. It was their closest victory of the season, the first 15 coming by an average of 17.8 points.

Trae Golden led Georgia Tech with 22 points.

KANSAS ST. 72, No. 25 OKLAHOMA 66

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Marcus Foster scored 18 points and Nino Williams made four clinching free throws in the closing seconds for Kansas State.

Shane Southwell added 16 points for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Big 12), who rallied from a 62-56 deficit with just over 5 minutes to play to turn back the streaking Sooners, who had moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season Monday.

Ryan Spangler had a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Buddy Hield scored 12 points for Oklahoma (13-4, 2-2), but it wasn't enough to offset a lousy night by Cameron Clark.The Big 12's leading scorer, Clark was held to two points on 1-for-9 shooting and he committed a big turnover with 24.5 seconds left and the Sooners trailing 67-64.

BIG TEN

MICHIGAN 80, PENN STATE 67

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nik Stauskas scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and Michigan remained unbeaten in Big Ten play with an 80-67 victory over Penn State.

The Wolverines (12-4, 4-0) led 47-45 when a 3-pointer by Stauskas started a 19-5 run that gave Michigan a comfortable advantage. Derrick Walton added 16 points for the Wolverines, and Glenn Robinson III scored 15.

D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier scored 17 points apiece for Penn State (9-9, 0-5), but those two backcourt standouts weren't enough against a balanced Michigan team. The Wolverines have won six straight, all without star big man Mitch McGary, who is out indefinitely with a back injury.

MAC

EASTERN MICHIGAN 56, WESTERN MICHIGAN 37

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Darell Combs and Mike Talley scored 14 points each as Eastern Michigan clamped down on Western Michigan -- which hit just four field goals before halftime -- en route to a 56-37 victory Tuesday night.

After starting the game with a pair of quick 3-pointers and a jumper for an 8-3 lead, Western Michigan went the next 17 minutes with one field goal to trail 32-14 at halftime. It's the fifth time this season the Eagles held a foe to less than 20 first-half points.

David Brown led the Broncos (9-6, 2-1 Mid-American) with 18 points before being ejected on a flagrant foul. Connar Tava, who came in averaging 15.8 ppg, fouled out with just six -- on 1-for-4 shooting from the field and six turnovers.

Eastern Michigan (10-6, 2-1) forced the Broncos into 26 turnovers, 28.6 percent shooting and had 18 steals -- Daylen Harrison with a career-high five.

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