MADISON – It might have been too little, too late for No.22 Wisconsin in terms of winning a share of a Big Ten regular season title, but the Badgers at least have a little bit of jump back in their step.
Senior Bronson Koenig hit five 3-pointers in the second half and scored all 17 of his points after halftime to lift the Badgers to 66-49 victory over Minnesota Sunday at the Kohl Center, ending their three game losing streak.
Seniors Nigel Hayes and Zak Showalter added 12 points for Wisconsin (23-9, 12-6 Big Ten), which tied with Maryland for second place in the Big Ten conference and earned the No.2 seed in this week’s Big Ten tournament based on UW’s head-to-head win over the Terrapins on Feb.19.
Wisconsin will play Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT against a to-be-determined opponent on BTN.
In its final half of the regular season, Wisconsin played as good of a half against a quality opponent as it’s played all year.
A 10-0 run six minutes into the frame – sparked by 3-pointers from three different seniors - put Wisconsin up 40-33, and was just the tip of the iceberg. A personal 6-0 run by D'Mitrik Trice on consecutive possessions got the Badgers humming and a thunderous Vitto Brown dunk capped on an 18-2 sprint for UW.
Outscoring the visitors 21-6 over the first 8:29, Wisconsin lead 48-35 and stayed in front by six the rest of the way thanks in part to shooting 13-for-26 in the second half.
Nate Mason scored 17 points on 20 shots for Minnesota (23-8, 11-7), which saw its eight game winning streak snapped and its skid against the Badgers reach seven after shooting 23.3 percent (7-for-30) after halftime.
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