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Wisconsin men’s basketball: Badgers get revenge on the road in East Lansing

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Wisconsin took down Michigan State by eight points on Tuesday night.

Wisconsin v Michigan State Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team (19-4 overall, 10-3 Big Ten) came into Tuesday night’s matchup against Michigan State in East Lansing seeking to avenge a loss to the Spartans earlier in the year without Tyler Wahl.

With their starting forward back in the starting lineup, the Badgers went into the Breslin Center and snagged a huge conference road win.

Early on, neither team could get much going offensively as both squads played well on the defensive end. By the second media timeout the Badgers, led by Johnny Davis and Steven Crowl had established a 12-8 lead.

Despite some cold shooting from deep, Wisconsin would go inside to take a five-point lead with 7:54 left in the first half. Over the next two minutes the two teams would each go on extended scoring droughts, but Davis and Chucky Hepburn would provide a quick spark to give Wisconsin a 21-13 advantage with four minutes remaining.

Davis would head to the bench shortly thereafter with two fouls, but some three-point heroics late in the shot clock by Lorne Bowman and Hepburn would allow the Badgers to take a six-point lead into the break.

The Badgers would grab a 10-point lead early in the second half, but back-to-back threes by Michigan State would trim the Wisconsin lead to six at the first media timeout.

The Breslin Center crowd would get back into the game thanks to a pair of big dunks by Malik Hall, and by the 7:33 mark, the Wisconsin lead was only two points.

A flurry of points by Davis would allow the Badgers to pull away a little bit over the next couple of minutes. Crowl would pick up his fourth foul though, and at the final media timeout, the UW edge was four points.

A quick 6-0 run by Wisconsin with Tyler Wahl nursing a sore ankle and Davis wearing No. 51 due to a ripped jersey, would help close out the game for an eight-point win.

Notable stat lines:

  • Johnny Davis —> 25 points (8-of-11 from the floor), six rebounds, three assists
  • Chucky Hepburn —> 11 points (4-of-9 from the floor), three rebounds, three assists
  • Marcus Bingham Jr. (MSU) —> 15 points (5-of-9 from the floor), two rebounds

Up next: Wisconsin will return to the Kohl Center on Saturday against Rutgers. The game is scheduled to be aired on FS1 at 1 p.m. CT.