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Ethan Happ scores a career-high 32 points to help No.15 Wisconsin beat Rutgers, 61-54, in overtime at Madison Square Garden

Ethan Happ helped No.15 Wisconsin avoid a huge upset, as the sophomore scored a career-high 32 points to help the Badgers grind past Rutgers, 61-54.

NEW YORK – The most famous arena in the world got one of the worst shooting performances in its history, and that’s saying something considering its main tenant is the New York Knicks.  Good thing Wisconsin’s brick laying didn’t rub off on sophomore Ethan Happ

A budding All-American candidate, Happ scored a career-high 32 points and No.15 Wisconsin did enough defensively to scratch out a 61-54 overtime victory over Rutgers at Madison Square Garden

With starters Vitto Brown (0-for-8), Nigel Hayes (2-for-7) and Bronson Koenig (2-for-13) ineffective for most of the afternoon, Happ delivered in all three sessions by hitting a career-high 12 field goals (on 18 attempts) and going 8-for-16 from the line to keep the Badgers (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten) in first place in the Big Ten.

UW won its seventh straight overtime game despite shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and 3-for-25 from 3-point range. 

Facing desperation in trailing 41-32 with 3:22 remaining, Wisconsin closed with a 13-4 run, getting a low-post bucket from Happ with two seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Once in the extra session, Happ took over with seven points and a key block on Corey Sanders with 21 seconds left to keep the Badgers lead at five.

Sanders scored 15 points to lead Rutgers (12-10, 1-8), which was trying to beat a ranked opponent for the first time since knocking off No.4 Wisconsin two years ago in Piscataway, N.J.

Wisconsin has a short turnaround for another road game Tuesday when they travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on Illinois in the two team’s only regular season meeting.

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