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Davison has 16 points, No. 22 Wisconsin beats Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Brad Davison is OK with these late-season nail-biters.

Davison scored 16 points, D'Mitrik Trice and Ethan Happ added 14 points apiece and No. 22 Wisconsin held off Northwestern 69-64 on Saturday night.

''It's so much fun. I love it,'' Davison said about another close victory. ''This is what I've always dreamed about. This is what I signed up for, we all signed up for.''

Khalil Iverson added 11 points for the Badgers (19-8, 11-5 Big Ten), who had lost two of three. Happ scored nine of his points in the second half, and Trice shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range.

''You want to play in the best conference from top to bottom in the country because you get challenged each and every day,'' Davison said. ''At the end of the day, we're all playing for March, and this game got us better for March for sure.''

Vic Law had 24 points for the Wildcats (12-15, 3-13), and Dererk Pardon added 21. They have lost eight straight.

Wisconsin committed 10 turnovers and shot 45.5 percent from the field to Northwestern's 40.7 percent. The Badgers went 7 for 19 from 3-point range compared to the Wildcats' 6 for 21.

Happ took over after a quiet first half. He scored six consecutive points for Wisconsin - all on hook shots - for a 53-46 lead with 7:53 left.

''The second half, there was more space around him,'' Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said about Happ. ''We were able to tweak some things as far as where guys were at. He also did a better job of making decisions quicker to attack before help got there and when help did come he found the open guys.''

Law responded by scoring 11 straight points on four baskets to give the Wildcats a 57-55 lead.

Davison made a jumper to put Wisconsin up 65-62 with just under two minutes to go before A.J. Turner missed a jumper on the other end. Law hit two free throws with 15.1 seconds left to pull the Wildcats within one. Davison hit two foul shots, and Northwestern's Aaron Falzon missed a three with four seconds remaining.

''I thought we played incredibly hard,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ''We didn't always play perfect.''

Wisconsin has won seven of its last eight at Northwestern.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers have bounced back with wins over Illinois and Northwestern after back-to-back losses to No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Michigan State. Wisconsin has a chance to pick up victories against two teams in the bottom half of the conference standings, Indiana and Penn State, next to pad its resume for the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern: The Wildcats haven't won since beating Indiana 73-66 on Jan. 22 and are in danger of their second consecutive losing season after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2017.

HE SAID IT

Happ finished with 10 rebounds and was 6 for 11 from the field.

''I hope I don't ever have to play against him again, unless it's the Big Ten championship game,'' Collins said. ''He is a very difficult guy to play against because he's very unique.''

BIG MOMENT

Davison's step-back jumper with 1:56 left bounced a few times before falling through the net.

''It's one of those where you say `No, no, no . great shot,''' Gard said.

''He's made big shots for us. He's only a sophomore. He wants the ball in his hands. He's fearless like that. And he practices those.''

TIP-INS

Happ had missed 11 consecutive free throws before making one with 3:46 left before halftime. He missed the second attempt. ... Happ struggled in his previous game, scoring a season-low six points against Illinois. ... The Badgers have limited Northwestern to 70 or fewer points for 40 straight games.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: At Indiana on Tuesday night.

Northwestern: Hosts Minnesota on Thursday night.

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Key Players
E. Happ
22 F
V. Law
4 F
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
15.2 Pts. Per Game 15.2
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
6.6 Reb. Per Game 6.6
54.3 Field Goal % 39.9
0.0 Three Point % 34.2
43.6 Free Throw % 78.4
+ 1 Nate Reuvers made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Nate Reuvers made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on Miller Kopp 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Nate Reuvers 1.0
  Aaron Falzon missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Brad Davison made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Brad Davison made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Gaines 8.0
+ 1 Vic Law made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Vic Law made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Brad Davison 15.0
Team Stats
Points 69 64
Field Goals 25-55 (45.5%) 24-59 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 6-21 (28.6%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 38 33
Offensive 6 3
Defensive 28 21
Team 4 9
Assists 12 17
Steals 1 6
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 10 3
Fouls 15 15
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
24 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 22 Wisconsin 19-8 313869
home team logo Northwestern 12-15 323264
Team Stats
away team logo 22 Wisconsin 19-8 68.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo Northwestern 12-15 65.9 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
34
B. Davison G 10.5 PPG 3.3 RPG 1.8 APG 38.5 FG%
4
V. Law F 15.0 PPG 6.4 RPG 3.0 APG 39.6 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Davison G 16 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
V. Law F 24 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
45.5 FG% 40.7
36.8 3PT FG% 28.6
75.0 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Davison 16 6 3 5/11 1/4 5/6 2 35 0 0 3 0 6
E. Happ 14 10 3 6/11 0/0 2/4 3 35 1 2 3 2 8
D. Trice 14 1 3 5/13 4/9 0/0 1 32 0 1 2 0 1
K. Iverson 11 5 1 4/8 0/0 3/4 3 31 0 0 2 1 4
N. Reuvers 6 9 1 2/4 0/1 2/2 4 23 0 1 0 2 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Davison 16 6 3 5/11 1/4 5/6 2 35 0 0 3 0 6
E. Happ 14 10 3 6/11 0/0 2/4 3 35 1 2 3 2 8
D. Trice 14 1 3 5/13 4/9 0/0 1 32 0 1 2 0 1
K. Iverson 11 5 1 4/8 0/0 3/4 3 31 0 0 2 1 4
N. Reuvers 6 9 1 2/4 0/1 2/2 4 23 0 1 0 2 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Ford 6 1 1 2/5 2/5 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 1
B. Pritzl 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
C. Thomas IV 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. King 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1
W. McGrory 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ballard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Currie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Strickland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hedstrom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 34 12 25/55 7/19 12/16 15 200 1 4 10 6 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 24 4 6 8/16 4/6 4/6 2 38 1 2 1 0 4
D. Pardon 21 3 2 9/12 0/1 3/4 3 37 1 2 1 1 2
A. Gaines 6 5 3 2/8 1/3 1/2 4 25 0 1 0 2 3
R. Taylor 3 3 2 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 18 1 2 0 0 3
A. Falzon 2 2 0 1/6 0/5 0/0 1 23 2 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 24 4 6 8/16 4/6 4/6 2 38 1 2 1 0 4
D. Pardon 21 3 2 9/12 0/1 3/4 3 37 1 2 1 1 2
A. Gaines 6 5 3 2/8 1/3 1/2 4 25 0 1 0 2 3
R. Taylor 3 3 2 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 18 1 2 0 0 3
A. Falzon 2 2 0 1/6 0/5 0/0 1 23 2 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Turner 6 3 3 2/6 0/0 2/2 1 30 0 0 1 0 3
M. Kopp 2 4 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 3 26 0 0 0 0 4
B. Benson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Nance - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Greer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 24 17 24/59 6/21 10/14 15 200 6 7 3 3 21