Nigel Hayes had struggled all Sunday afternoon in the Wisconsin Badgers Red/White Scrimmage.
The junior forward and preseason all-Big Ten selection missed each of his first eight shots as the Badgers played an intrasquad game Sunday in front of 6,801 fans at the Kohl Center.
He hit his next two shots, including a step-back jumper at the buzzer, to lift the Red team over the White, 47-45.
Trailing 45-44, Hayes called for an isolation at the top of the key, dribbled to his left, took a jab step back and released over the outstretched arm of junior forward Vitto Brown for the winning shot.
A technical foul called on the White bench with 25 seconds left sent guard Zak Showalter to the free throw line, where he sunk two free throws to draw within one point. The White team then threw away the ensuing inbounds pass to set up Hayes' dramatics.
"I need to talk to talk to Coach (Gary) Close to find out what that technical foul was all about. No, we always try to get it if it’s a close game at the end, have it come down to one possession," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan explained. "It was a planted technical. That was pretty neat to put it into a final possession like that and Nigel (Hayes) stepped up big. He was 2-for-26 or whatever, but he hit a couple big ones there."
Hayes finished 2-for-10 and Showalter led the Red team with 11 points, two rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Bronson Koenig posted a game-high 14 points and added three assists, three rebounds and two steals for the White team, which led 21-19 at the half. Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ posted eight points and eight rebounds. Brown and freshmen Charlie Thomas and Khalil Iverson all added six points apiece for the White team.
The second half was much-welcomed after a sloppy first half saw Red shoot 26 percent and White shoot 33 percent. Red shot 50 percent and White rebounded to hit nearly 59 percent from the field in the second half.
Freshman Andy Van Vliet scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots for the Red team.