Michigan State goes on late run to take down No. 18 Wisconsin, extend winning streak
Michigan State remains hot, picking up another win Tuesday night to extend its streak to 7 games. Tom Izzo’s squad went on the road to Madison and took down No. 18 Wisconsin, 69-65.
It was a tight ballgame with 14 lead changes. The Badgers led for 16:59 of the contest. Wisconsin’s last lead of the game was 59-58 with 3:05 to go. The Spartans closed the game on a run, making their final 8 field-goal attempts from the floor.
MSU had 4 players in double-figures scoring the ball. Joey Hauser was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-3 from 3-point territory, and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. Hauser added 8 rebounds in the effort.
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The Spartans had more than double the free-throw attempts of Wisconsin (17-to-8) and won the rebound battle 33-18 overall, including 29-15 on defensive rebounds. Greg Gard’s team was playing its second consecutive game without forward Tyler Wahl, who is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Michigan State is now 12-4 overall and 4-1 in B1G play, tied with Purdue atop the conference standings. The Spartans will look to make it 8 in a row at Illinois. Wisconsin drops to 11-4 overall and 3-2 against B1G opponents. The Badgers will try to bounce back at Indiana.