And-One More Win Over Indiana

Mike Bruesewitz and Jon Leuer both converted on timely three-point plays that keyed the Badgers 69-60 victory over Indiana at the Kohl Center Thursday night.

MADISON — Three-pointers can swing momentum in college basketball unlike any other play.

Want to stick a dagger in a team? Nail a trey. Need to make an inspired comeback? Bomb away from deep.

Wisconsin took full advantage of the three-point play in their 69-60 victory over Indiana at the Kohl Center Thursday. They just went the old-school route.

Five times in the second half UW players drew contact, made the bucket and got the foul. The team shot 16-of-17 from the free throw line and connected on all five "and-one" attempts.

Mike Bruesewitz got the team started after throwing down a one-handed dunk while being grabbed from behind. Jordan Taylor — who led the team with a career high 28 points — added another one in the lane and Jon Leuer connected on three old-fashioned three-point plays on the night.

None were bigger than the final one. With the Badgers leading by four with 1:00 to go in the game, Leuer won a scramble for a loose ball, turned and fired at the hoop as the shot clock dwindled near zero. He banked it in from straight on and let out a scream of "Yeah, Baby" as the ref blew the whistle.

"It makes a statement that we are taking it to the rim or we are going to get it off an offensive rebound," UW coach Bo Ryan said.

"And-ones are really crucial in games."

The momentum swing provided by the three-point plays was necessary as well, with Indiana leading for much of the game.

The Hoosiers shot 51 percent from the field, and jumped out to an early 14-6 lead behind the hot-shooting of Indiana sophomore guard Jordan Hulls.

Indiana held the lead until there was 11:31 left in the second half, when UW slowly started pulling away.

As most Ryan-coached teams do, the Badgers showed composure with Indiana shooting lights out and kept scoring on offense to keep themselves in the game. Shooting 94 percent from the free throw line and averaging 1.23 points per possession doesn't hurt either.

"Just stay the course," Ryan said was his message to the team. "They hit some tough jump shots. They're a very good jump shooting team and when they're stroking it like that, that's when we needed to be a little tighter on [defense.]

"You have to stick to your rules and just stay the course, and our guys did."

Taylor finished the game with 28 points (9-of-15 shooting) and a steady four assists against one turnover. Leuer chipped in another 20 points (8-of-18 shooting), while Nankivil finished with nine points on four shots.

Taylor and Leuer proved to be a level above anything Indiana had to try to and slow them down, leaving the Hoosier defenders frustrated and dismayed each time another bucket fell through.

With his career high, Taylor raised his conference leading average to 22 points per game in Big Ten play.

"It's not just that he played great tonight," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "He's an outstanding player … There's no question he is one of the premier guards in the country."

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