Junior forward Jake Dowell, senior forward Adam Burish and senior forward Ryan MacMurchy scored goals within the final 10 minutes of the game to give the No. 2 Badgers (10-1-2 overall) the win. Wisconsin holds the longest current unbeaten streak in the nation, at 11 games.
No. 18 Michigan State (5-6-3) got on the board with a power-play goal from junior forward Drew Miller with less than a second to go in the first period. The teams skated through the third period scoreless before the Badgers' offensive surge.
Badger junior netminder Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots and has yet to give up more than two goals this season. MSU goaltender Jeff Lerg finished with 18 saves and two goals allowed. MacMurchy's goal, with 56 seconds remaining, was an empty-netter.
Wisconsin visits No. 1 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday to wrap up the College Hockey Showcase.
Women's basketball: Badgers defeat Idaho State
The Wisconsin women's basketball team withstood a late Idaho State surge to defeat the Bengals 85-73 Friday in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. With the win, head coach Lisa Stone earned her 400th win as the Badgers (3-0 overall) got off to their best start since the 1998-99 season.
Sophomore guard Janese Banks scored a career-best 25 points (including 19 in the first half) and added eight rebounds and six assists in the win, while senior forward Annie Nelson scored a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jolene Anderson scored 21 points and contributed nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Danielle Ward earned a career-high 16 points and had a career-best six blocks. Wisconsin out-rebounded Idaho State 51-33.
The Badgers were up by eight at the start of the second half, 41-33, but Idaho State cut that lead with two straight 3-pointers early in the second half to narrow Wisconsin's advantage to four, 47-43.
Later in the period, Wisconsin found itself in foul trouble and Idaho State capitalized on that opportunity by hitting 7 of 10 free throws. That cut a Wisconsin lead to 76-71 with three minutes to go, but Anderson hit a 3-pointer at 2:40 to give Wisconsin a 79-71 advantage.
"Give Idaho State a ton of credit," Stone said. "They hit the big shots, had momentum. They had them in foul trouble and we overcame it."
Men's basketball home opener tonight
What: Wisconsin (3-0) v. Coastal Carolina (0-1), Badgers home opener.
When: Saturday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. Central
Site: Kohl Center (17,142), Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: The 42-city Wisconsin Radio Network will carry the game live.
Series notes: Wisconsin is 1-0 all-time versus Coastal Carolina, having defeated the Chanticleers 91-57 on Dec. 7, 1991 in Madison. The Badgers only other game against a Big South Conference school was a 101-72 victory over Charleston Southern in 1992… Coastal Carolina assistant coach Ed Conroy is the brother of former UW director of basketball operations Duffy Conroy.