Wisconsin vs Green Bay

Green Bay knocks off newly ranked Badgers in overtime

CBSSports.com wire reports

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After bringing home perhaps his biggest win since taking over at Wisconsin-Green Bay, coach Tod Kowalczyk settled in for his postgame news conference with a wry smile.

"First thing's first," he said. "Does that mean we're better than Duke?"

Well, maybe not -- but at least for a night, the Phoenix can make the case that they're Wisconsin state champions.

Bryquis Perine scored 22 points, and Troy Cotton hit a key 3-pointer to help Wisconsin-Green Bay beat No. 20 Wisconsin 88-84 in overtime on Wednesday night.

It was a surprising setback for the Badgers, who had just jumped into the rankings with a victory over the Blue Devils last week and hadn't lost in 15 previous meetings with the in-state rival Phoenix.

"It's a basketball game," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said. "You play it, try to learn from it."

Rahmon Fletcher added 18 points for the Phoenix (9-2), who held off second-half surges by the Badgers and took control in overtime. But Fletcher hurt his knee near the end of regulation and wasn't able to play the rest of the way.

"I was upset I couldn't play, but I wasn't worried we were going to lose," Fletcher said.

Trevon Hughes scored a career-high 27 points for the Badgers (6-2) but fouled out in overtime.

Wisconsin-Green Bay students swarmed the middle of the court to celebrate -- but left their seats a little too early, as referees were putting a second back on the clock. After returning to their seats in surprisingly orderly fashion, students retook the court to celebrate after the final horn.

It was even bigger for Green Bay players.

"A lot of our guys think they should be playing for [Wisconsin], and they want to prove them wrong," Kowalczyk said.

But Kowalczyk said that something-to-prove mentality has backfired on his players in past meetings with Wisconsin, and saluted his team's improved maturity this time around.

"This is the best group of leaders I've been around," Kowalczyk said.

The Badgers were the ones lacking poise Wednesday, committing 18 turnovers.

"We were pushing, trying to make something happen, and some decisions got a little scattered," Ryan said.

Green Bay used outside shooting to fend off Wisconsin runs, going 4 for 8 from 3-point range in the second half.

"They made some tough 2s early, but it was the 3s that really hurt us," Ryan said.

It was a shaky start to the in-state rivalry portion of the Badgers' schedule. Wisconsin faces fellow in-state heavyweight Marquette at home on Saturday and plays Wisconsin-Milwaukee later this month.

Green Bay's Randy Berry opened overtime with an inside score and a pair of free throws, giving the Phoenix a 79-75 lead. Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon answered with two free throws, but Cotton hit a 3-pointer to put the Phoenix up 82-77 with 2:32 left.

A loose-ball foul put Jon Leuer on the line with 1:54 left, but he only hit one of two free-throw attempts and Green Bay led by four with 1:54 left.

Hughes missed inside with 43 seconds left, then fouled out, sending Berry to the line with 40.1 seconds to go. Berry hit 1 of 2, giving Green Bay a five-point lead.

Leuer was fouled and hit both free throws, cutting the lead to 3, but Seth Evans answered with two free throws of his own. Wisconsin's Tim Jarmusz then watched as his pass sailed out of bounds with 22.1 seconds left.

Kowalczyk said the win was another sign of progress for a team that has been having some success in Horizon League play in recent years, including a home win over perennial league power Butler last season.

"I thought this was the next step for our program," Kowalczyk said.

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Wisconsin-Green Bay fans storm the court after their team's win over No. 20 Wisconsin. (AP)
Wisconsin-Green Bay fans storm the court after their team's win over No. 20 Wisconsin. (AP)
Wisconsin #20 (6-2)3738984
Green Bay (9-2) «39361388
WI:Trevon Hughes 27 Pts
WI:Jon Leuer 10 Reb
WI:Trevon Hughes 5 Ast
WISGB:Bryquis Perine 22 Pts
WISGB:Randy Berry 12 Reb
WISGB:Seth Evans 4 Ast

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Green BayWisconsin
Bryquis Perine
Jon Leuer
Wisconsin Badgers
J. Bohannon, G431-42-26355
T. Hughes, G376-1813-1865527
T. Jarmusz, G-F363-60-05029
J. Leuer, F358-129-12101326
K. Nankivil, F151-20-04102
J. Taylor, G370-63-44443
R. Evans, G-F215-51-220211
R. Wilson, G-F10-01-21011
J. Berggren, F-CDid Not Play
M. Bruesewitz, FDid Not Play
D. Fahey, GDid Not Play
J. Gavinski, CDid Not Play
I. Markolf, CDid Not Play
W. Smith, GDid Not Play
B. Valentyn, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5329-4038142184
Green Bay Phoenix
T. Cotton, G425-131-200215
R. Berry, F353-37-10120413
B. Perine, G348-194-413322
R. Fletcher, G337-164-412318
M. Smith, F130-10-01030
C. Barkley, F283-33-440411
S. Evans, G221-12-23445
P. Nelson, F141-12-46014
R. Pearson, G40-10-00020
J. Anderson, GDid Not Play
C. Heuer, FDid Not Play
G. LeSage, FDid Not Play
D. Semenas, GDid Not Play
T. Snyder, FDid Not Play
Totals 28-5823-302892488
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101

Horizon League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Kentucky12-624-1187
Green Bay12-618-14158
Wright St.11-720-12115
Youngstown St.5-1313-21252
Clev. St.5-139-22260
Other games
VALPO 62 Final
Purdue 86
DUQ 39 Final
W Virg 68
RAD 64 Final
Kansas 99
NOVA 97 Final
St Joe's 89
AUGILL 40 Final
Kentucky 64 Final
UConn 61