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Davison FT gives Wisconsin 81-80 win over W Kentucky

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury has seen enough road games to not want an outcome determined by a last-moment call by an official.

But Stansbury and the Hilltoppers got one on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.

Brad Davison's free throw with two seconds to go lifted Wisconsin to an 81-80 win against Western Kentucky.

Darius Thompson's tear-drop jumper tied the score at 80-80 for Western Kentucky with two seconds left in regulation. Davison drew a foul while setting a screen and made the front end of a 1-and-1.

Replay showed that Davison's foot was inbounds, but Stansbury said he thought it was out. Officials didn't look at the monitor after the play and the call stood.

''That play will get magnified, (but) that play didn't beat us. It didn't beat us,'' said Stansbury of the Hilltoppers, who missed critical free throws and didn't make stops on defense.

''Don't put yourself in a position on the road to make a 50-50 call because I've been on the road enough, and most the time it's a bad ending.''

Ethan Happ and Brevin Pritzl scored 17 points each for Wisconsin (5-7), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Davison scored 16 points and Aleem Ford had a career-high 14 or the Badgers, who shot 12 of 20 from 3-point range. Ford and Pritzl were 4 of 5 from long range.

Lamonte Bearden scored 19 points and Thompson added 18 for Western Kentucky (6-4). Bearden, a transfer, played prep basketball at Germantown (Wis.) High School, a Milwaukee suburb. This season is Bearden's first, after sitting out due to transfer rules. Bearden fouled out with 7.9 seconds to go.

Wisconsin shot 73 percent from the field in the second half but the Badgers' poor ball handling - eight second half turnovers - allowed the Hilltoppers to stay within reach.

Thompson and Taveion Hollingsworth combined for 22 second-half points for the Hilltoppers.

The game against a Big Ten opponent was the second this season for Western Kentucky, which posted a 77-73 win against then-No. 18 Purdue at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 23.

Western Kentucky strung together a 14-0 run to nab the lead. Jake Ohmer drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to start the run, which was capped by a Thompson layup that gave the Hilltoppers a 34-29 edge with 3:08 to go in the first.

The Badgers managed only one field goal in their final six attempts in the first, Pritzl's 3-pointer that pulled Wisconsin within at 38-34 at the break.

After consecutive 3-pointers by Pritzl and Davison early in the second half, the Badgers never trailed again. A 9-0 pushed the lead to 10 with 12:21 to play but the Hilltoppers clawed back. They tied the game at 71 on a Thompson 3 and Ohmer's layup with 4:48 to play and stayed in the game by hitting 9 of 11 from the line in the second half to 10 of 19 for the Badgers.

Pritzl said that it was good to see multiple players making shots.

It feels good when everybody is hitting 3s, making shots and taking them confidently,'' Pritzl said. ''I think that's something that we need to have to keep doing; taking them with the confidence that they're going to go down, and they will.''

BIG PICTURE

Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers' scoring game is good inside and out. Western Kentucky scored 26 first-half points in the paint. But they're also comfortable on the perimeter. Western Kentucky shot 4 of 7 from 3-point range in the first and finished 7 of 14. ... Justin Johnson, Bearden and Ohmer combined for 27 of Western Kentucky's first-half points, including 4 of 6 shooting from long range.

Wisconsin: Ford was active and comfortable on both ends of the court early in the first half. The true freshman drilled back-to-back 3-pointers as the Badgers opened with three-pointers on its first three possessions to take a 9-2 lead. In the first, Ford had 9 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and blocked a shot attempt in the lane by Western Kentucky's Bearden.

AILING BADGERS

The Badgers announced on Monday that key reserve Kobe King underwent surgery to repair his left knee and is out for the season.

King, a true freshman who averaged 5.2 points per game, is eligible to apply for a medical redshirt.

D'Mtrik Trice, who was averaging 9.3 points, had surgery on Monday for a right foot injury, and is expected to miss at least four weeks. The sophomore was the Badgers' starting point guard

UP NEXT

Western Kentucky: Home against Indiana State on Saturday.

Wisconsin: Hosts Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 23.

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Key Players
D. Thompson
E. Happ
29.8 Min. Per Game 29.8
16.3 Pts. Per Game 16.3
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
49.1 Field Goal % 53.9
38.5 Three Point % 0.0
67.6 Free Throw % 57.1
  Defensive rebound by Jake Ohmer 2.0
  Brad Davison missed 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Brad Davison made 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
  Personal foul on Marek Nelson 2.0
+ 2 Darius Thompson made floating jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Brevin Pritzl made 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Brevin Pritzl missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Lamonte Bearden 7.0
+ 1 Taveion Hollingsworth made 2nd of 2 free throws 26.0
+ 1 Taveion Hollingsworth made 1st of 2 free throws 26.0
  Personal foul on Brad Davison 25.0
Team Stats
Points 80 81
Field Goals 32-59 (54.2%) 28-51 (54.9%)
3-Pointers 7-14 (50.0%) 12-20 (60.0%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 13-23 (56.5%)
Total Rebounds 26 25
Offensive 5 7
Defensive 17 15
Team 4 3
Assists 13 17
Steals 9 5
Blocks 1 7
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Western Ky. 6-4 384280
home team logo Wisconsin 5-7 344781
Team Stats
away team logo Western Ky. 6-4 71.4 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo Wisconsin 5-7 68.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
1
L. Bearden G 9.2 PPG 2.4 RPG 4.5 APG 41.7 FG%
1
B. Pritzl G 4.8 PPG 2.4 RPG 0.5 APG 46.3 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Bearden G 19 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
B. Pritzl G 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
54.2 FG% 54.9
50.0 3PT FG% 60.0
81.8 FT% 56.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Bearden 19 5 5 7/15 1/1 4/4 5 33 2 0 2 3 2
D. Thompson 18 6 4 7/11 2/3 2/2 2 37 4 0 3 0 6
J. Johnson 13 2 1 6/9 1/3 0/0 3 34 1 0 0 0 2
T. Hollingsworth 12 1 1 4/8 1/2 3/5 3 29 0 0 4 0 1
D. Coleby 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 25 1 1 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Bearden 19 5 5 7/15 1/1 4/4 5 33 2 0 2 3 2
D. Thompson 18 6 4 7/11 2/3 2/2 2 37 4 0 3 0 6
J. Johnson 13 2 1 6/9 1/3 0/0 3 34 1 0 0 0 2
T. Hollingsworth 12 1 1 4/8 1/2 3/5 3 29 0 0 4 0 1
D. Coleby 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 25 1 1 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Ohmer 12 3 2 5/9 2/4 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 1 2
M. Nelson 2 0 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 3 11 0 0 0 0 0
T. Miller 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diagne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 22 13 32/59 7/14 9/11 20 200 9 1 12 5 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 17 4 6 7/12 0/0 3/8 2 31 0 1 3 1 3
B. Pritzl 17 2 1 6/9 4/5 1/2 2 32 0 0 2 1 1
B. Davison 16 0 5 5/10 2/5 4/6 3 38 2 0 3 0 0
A. Ford 14 5 3 4/5 4/5 2/2 3 29 1 1 3 1 4
K. Iverson 8 3 2 3/3 0/0 2/3 1 33 2 3 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 17 4 6 7/12 0/0 3/8 2 31 0 1 3 1 3
B. Pritzl 17 2 1 6/9 4/5 1/2 2 32 0 0 2 1 1
B. Davison 16 0 5 5/10 2/5 4/6 3 38 2 0 3 0 0
A. Ford 14 5 3 4/5 4/5 2/2 3 29 1 1 3 1 4
K. Iverson 8 3 2 3/3 0/0 2/3 1 33 2 3 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Schlundt 6 3 0 2/6 2/4 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 2 1
N. Reuvers 2 4 0 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 11 0 2 1 2 2
W. McGrory 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Illikainen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Van Vliet 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 0 1
A. Moesch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ferris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Thomas IV - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ballard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Trice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 22 17 28/51 12/20 13/23 14 200 5 7 15 7 15