After defeating Norfolk State by 29 Friday, Wisconsin's game against Eastern Kentucky in its second game of the Paradise Jam came down to the wire. With 16 seconds left, the Badgers (2-0 overall) and Colonels were tied 66-66. Tucker took a last-second jumper that bounced off the rim and sent the game into overtime.
Down 78-75 late in the first overtime, junior guard Kammron Taylor hit a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to tie the game at 78-78 and force the second overtime.
In the second overtime, EKU senior guard Matt Witt hit a 3-pointer to put the Colonels (0-1) within one point, at 88-87. After sophomore center Brian Butch hit two free throws, Witt responded with a layup that made the score 90-89. EKU freshman guard Mike Rose committed two fouls within 15 seconds of each other, sending sophomore guard Michael Flowers and Tucker to the line, where they made a combined three shots to put Wisconsin up 93-89. That paved the way for Tucker's slam dunk with about five seconds left, following an EKU turnover.
"(The game) was very competitive, everything was hard fought," head coach Bo Ryan said. "I thought offensively … we were very productive."
Tucker finished with 38 points, setting not only a career best but a Paradise Jam tournament record. He was 14 of 23 from the field and 9 of 14 from the charity stripe, and finished with 10 rebounds. The Badgers shot 34 of 76 as a team and were 18 of 25 from the free throw line.
True freshman forward Marcus Landry scored 19 points, including a key 2-pointer and free throw shot in the first overtime, while Butch was 3 of 10 and a perfect 4 of 4 in free-throw shooting for 10 points. Butch grabbed six rebounds and had two assists, a steal and a block. Taylor also reached double figures, scoring 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting from behind the arc.
Witt finished with a team-high 25 points, while senior forward Alonzo Hird contributed 18 before fouling out.
Wisconsin never led by more than seven in the game as the teams fought tooth-and-nail for each point; the Badgers' largest lead came with 4:26 left in regulation, when Tucker hit a jumper to give Wisconsin a 62-55 lead.
But Wisconsin committed three turnovers in the next two-and-a-half minutes, which the Colonels turned into seven points during that span. The Badgers held a two-point lead with 1:48 to go but Hird made a layup with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 66 points each.