Final OT

Winthrop 79

(6-3, 3-3 away)

(11) Wisconsin 82

(8-1, 8-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 4, 2006

    Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

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    WIN 31 34 1479
    #11WIS 34 31 1782

    Top Performers

    Winthrop: T. Martin 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wisconsin: M. Flowers 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Flowers, Tucker score 21 points for Wisconsin win

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Winthrop put on a 3-point shooting display unlike anything Wisconsin (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) had seen before.

    But it was the one the Eagles missed that allowed the Badgers to survive.

    Winthrop's Torrell Martin hit seven 3-pointers but missed one at the end of regulation, and Wisconsin used a 10-2 run in overtime to escape with an 82-79 victory Monday night.

    "I had a great shot," Martin said. "I just didn't knock the shot down. It was about as open as I could get. I just didn't follow through."

    Wisconsin (8-1) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but couldn't find a way to shake Winthrop (6-3), which shot 55 percent and was 15-of-25 from 3-point range.

    The Badgers also shot just 6-of-25 from behind the 3-point line. But they also outrebounded Winthrop 40-18 and were able to come up with several key rebounds in the waning seconds of overtime.

    The Badgers' Michael Flowers, who scored a career-high 21 points, tied the game at 65 after a put back with 10.6 seconds left, the fourth shot Wisconsin got off in the final 35 seconds of regulation.

    "What won that game tonight was not field goal percentage but hustle opportunities," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "The real key was us getting on the glass. There's no two ways about it."

    It also helped that Wisconsin was 24-of-34 from the foul line, while Winthrop was 6-of-10.

    In overtime, the Badgers squeezed off a 10-2 run to go up 78-69 that included five points from Alando Tucker, who had 21 points, and four from Brian Butch, who had 17 points and nine rebounds.

    Wisconsin then held off one last charge from Winthrop that included two more 3s.

    Martin led the Eagles with 31 points.

    "It was like throwing a rock in the ocean. They were just falling," Tucker said of Martin's performance. "But you just have to stick with that, and we got to the free throw line."

    The 15 3-pointers Winthrop made were the most by any Wisconsin opponent, topping the 14 Indiana scored in 2001. It also tied a record for Wisconsin's Kohl Center, while Martin's seven 3s tied the individual mark for the arena.

    Winthrop played without point guard Chris Gaynor, sidelined by a toe injury. DeAndre Adams started in place of Gaynor, but committed two early fouls and spent much of the first half on the bench. That forced Winthrop to go to walk-on freshman Kyle Moore, who averaged five minutes a game coming in.

    Moore was 3-of-3 from 3-point range and had four assists, equaling Gaynor's season averages in both categories.

    While praising Moore for his play off the bench, Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall also noted he was in position to grab a rebound on Wisconsin's last possession in regulation that could have sealed the win for the Eagles.

    "I'm not going to in any way diminish the effort and the poise and just the overall game that we played," Marshall said. "We just couldn't get a rebound."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 82
    FG Made-Attempted 29-53 (.547) 26-56 (.464)
    3P Made-Attempted 15-25 (.600) 6-25 (.240)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-10 (.600) 24-34 (.706)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 13

    2006-07 Season

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