Wisconsin 80, Minnesota 74
MADISON, Wis. (AP)—Alando Tucker scored 22 points as Wisconsin beat Minnesota 80-74 Sunday.
Minnesota native Kevin Gullikson added a career-high 12 for the Badgers (19-8, 9-5), who drew to a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten.
Tucker, who was named the Big Ten player of the week after his 27-point, 16-rebound performance in Wisconsin’s upset of Ohio State on Feb. 15, hit a baseline jump shot to give the Badgers a 67-62 lead with 1:48 remaining.
Minnesota rallied to draw within 4, 76-72, with 19.8 seconds remaining. But Badgers guard Ray Nixon, a senior playing in his final home game, hit four free throws in the final 14.7 seconds to seal the victory.
The Badgers were 10-for-10 from the line in the final minute of the game.
Vincent Grier led the Golden Gophers with 18 but picked up his fourth foul with 7:33 remaining in the game and the Gophers trailing 57-53.
A three-point play by Minnesota’s Adam Boone brought the Gophers to within 2, 59-57, with 6:14 remaining, and Minnesota took a 60-59 lead on Boone’s 3-pointer. Boone finished the game with 18.
But the Badgers rallied behind a Brian Butch jump shot, two Kammron Taylor free throws and a putback by Gullikson to reclaim the lead, 65-60.
Minnesota held a 38-36 halftime lead despite being outscored by the Badgers 6-2 in the final 1:20 of the half, including a running layup by Tucker at the first-half buzzer.
The Gophers took a 28-26 lead on Spencer Tollackson’s jumper with 4:19 remaining in the half. Tollackson would add putbacks on back-to-back possessions to extend Minnesota’s lead to 36-30 with 1:40 remaining.
Grier had 10 points and five rebounds to lead the Gophers in the first half.