Hoosiers beat up Badgers at home
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ” A.J. Ratliff scored 18 of his season-high 20 points in the second half and Indiana held off a late comeback to beat No. 2 Wisconsin 71-66 on Wednesday night, ending the Badgers’ 17-game winning streak.
Ratliff had a pair of 3-pointers during a 13-1 run and another 3-pointer that gave the Hoosiers (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten) a 53-43 lead with under 10 minutes remaining.
A rebound basket by Alando Tucker, who led Wisconsin (21-2, 8-1) with 23 points, and two 3-pointers by Kammron Taylor helped the Badgers tie the game at 59. But Ratliff scored six of Indiana’s next eight points, including two free throws with a minute to go to for a 70-66 lead, and the Badgers never recovered.
D.J. White added 16 points for the Hoosiers, who beat their highest-ranked opponent since an NCAA tourney upset of No. 1 Duke in 2002.
After Ratliff’s final basket, Tucker missed the first of a one-and-one free throw opportunity and the Hoosiers rebounded as the Assembly Hall crowd began chanting “A-J-Ratliff.”
Tucker also missed a 3-point try with 10 seconds left, and Earl Calloway iced the game by hitting one of two free throws.
Tucker, second in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.6, had 14 points in the first half, but the Badgers never pulled away despite Indiana’s poor shooting early in the game.
Indiana went scoreless more than 5 minutes and fell behind 13-7 before Ratliff, Mike White, Joey Shaw entered the game.
Two baskets by Mike White, a fast-break layup by Shaw and another drive to the basket by Ratliff put the Hoosiers ahead, and there were three more lead changes before another basket by White and two more by Shaw made it 26-23, matching Indiana’s biggest lead of the half.
Wisconsin scored the final five points of the half, though.
Joe Krabbenhoft hit one free throw, then Tucker rebounded the miss on the second foul shot and tied the game at 26. Neither team scored for more than a minute before Jason Bohannon’s basket with 2 seconds to go put the Badgers back in front 28-26 at the break.
Wisconsin’s final lead was at 40-37 on two free throws by Tucker, but Ratliff’s first 3-pointer started an 11-0 run that put the Hoosiers ahead for good.
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