Wisconsin holds on for big upset win over No. 12 Houston
Wisconsin is rolling through the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and is on to the final after an upset of No. 12 Houston.
Despite a spirited second-half comeback attempt from the Cougars, Wisconsin came out on top with a 65-63 win.
This is No. 12 Houston’s first loss of the year as the Cougars now move to 4-1. The Badgers also moved to 4-1.
Johnny Davis had himself a game, dropping 30 points and going 10-18 from the field with 1 assist. Kyler Edwards led the Cougars in scoring. Edwards had 18 points and went 6-10 from the field with 5 rebounds as well. Tyler Wahl led the Badgers in boards with 7 on the night.
Both teams shot the ball over 40%, but the real story was how Wisconsin ended up winning despite getting outrebounded by Houston, 36-28. The charity stripe was where the Badgers took control of the game, shooting 80%. Turnovers were also in favor of the Cougars (12-9).
Wisconsin opened the game on 13-0 run. The Badgers went on to dominate the Cougars the remainder of the first half, going into halftime with 40-20 lead which was their biggest lead of the game.
In the second half, Houston had a little 10-0 run of its own to decrease the Wisconsin lead to 40-30 early on.
Houston fought hard the rest of the way. The Cougars would make it a 2-point game in the last minute of the game after 3-pointer from Kyler Edwards. However, the Cougars got the ball back with 10 seconds left and failed to get the ball down the court before time ran out with a chance to tie the game.
Greg Gard and the Badgers will now face the winner of the Oregon-St.Mary’s game at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN on Wednesday.