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Badgers rule in OT

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Associated Press
February 10, 2012
— Jordan Taylor and the Wisconsin Badgers watched their shooting touch abandon them during a frantic rally by border-state rival Minnesota.

The frustration didn’t linger into overtime, though. It didn’t even last past half court. That’s the way Bo Ryan coaches them to think on defense.


Taylor scored 27 points for his first college win in his home state, and No. 21 Wisconsin gutted out a 68-61 victory over the Gophers on Thursday night.


“We did a good job of sticking together and finding a way to claw one out,” Taylor said.


The Badgers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) failed to score over the last 7½-plus minutes of the second half while the Gophers (17-8, 5-7) dug out of a 13-point hole. But that dogged Wisconsin defense came back in the overtime even though the Badgers’ shooting touch and offensive movement didn’t.


“Our guys didn’t let that bother them down at the defensive end. They didn’t get out of what we were doing,” Ryan said.


Andre Hollins had a career-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers, and six rebounds for Minnesota, and Rodney Williams scored 16 points.


Ryan Evans had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, which went 15 for 17 from the free throw line in overtime.


“Anytime you can win on the road against a tough opponent it’s always fun. I haven’t won here, so I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t enjoy that a little bit,” said Taylor, who had only one other 20-point game this season.


The preseason All-America hasn’t been as productive or dominant as he was as a junior. Even his free throw shooting is down by 10


percent).


Andrew Somerville scored Parker’s only basket in the first quarter as Verona gained a


15-6 lead. Verona sank three three-point baskets to fuel its first-quarter advantage.


“We shot horrible,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said of Parker’s first half. “I was disappointed in the way we came out. We were very tentative offensively, and we were just passing the ball around and settling for shots instead of being the aggressor and taking it in the gaps.’’


While the Vikings were struggling to find a shooter, Verona’s Dalton proceeded to score 17 points between the second and third quarters. Dalton made a three-point basket to open the fourth quarter for Verona’s only field goal of the period.


Trailing 45-36 after three quarters, Parker rallied in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.


Senior Erik Albeck scored 12 of his team-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, while Somerville added nine of his 21 points.


Parker cut the deficit to seven points twice in the fourth quarter, but Verona kept its composure on the foul line.


“We fell behind, and it’s such a hard thing to come back and get over that hump,” Masterson said. “And then they made their free throws.’’


VERONA 72, PARKER 62

Verona (72)—D. Turner, 0-2-2; Reilly, 0-1-1; Biddle, 3-0-7; Argall, 4-6-16; Dalton, 10-12-34; Flora, 2-8-12. Totals: 19-29-72


Parker (62)—Somerville, 8-3-21; Smith, 1-1-2; Albeck, 7-9-26; D. Thompson, 2-2-7; Palan, 1-1-4; Treinen, 0-1-1. Totals: 19-17-62


Verona 15 17 13 27—72


Janesville Parker 6 19 11 26—62


Three-point goals—Verona 5 (Biddle, Argall 2, Dalton 2), Parker 7 (Somerville 2, Albeck 3, D. Thompson, Palan). Free throws missed—Verona 12, Parker 7. Total fouls—Verona 20, Parker 30. Fouled out—Argall, Tackett, D. Thompson, Palan, Grafft.



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