Mary Langenfeld

Badgers rally late, defeat Wolverines 68-64

Late comeback sparks No. 17 Wisconsin's 68-64 win against Michigan.

In a game of runs, Michigan picked the wrong time to be on the bad side of one.

Fresh off a 6-0 run of its own, U-M led No. 17 Wisconsin 49-43 with 6:29 to go and looked like a team on a brink of major road win in Madison.

Then, well, the Badgers answered swiftly with some big time 3s down the stretch run, led by two from Bronson Koenig and a friendly drop in from Nigel Hayes, sparking a 15-0 run over a four minute span that put the Badgers up for good, with Wisconsin defeating Michigan, 68-64, late Tuesday night. 

Koenig’s scored 16 to lead Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten), with Hayes and Vitto Brown each chipping in 13.

Zak Irvin led Michigan (12-7, 2-4) with 20 points.

Not enough offense in the end at Wisconsin

Despite trailing 26-21 at the half, Michigan played much better offensively in the second half. U-M finished 10-of-21 from 3s, but shot an outstanding 7-of-11 in the second half. And like earlier noted, led by six with six minutes remaining. However, the offense went flat in the end, and Wisconsin was able to pull off the win.

Foul trouble in Wiscy

Three starters fouled out for Michigan, including Moritz Wagner, Derrick Walton Jr., and D.J. Wilson.

Next up

Michigan plays host to Illinois on Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

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