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Regional champs: Badgers jump Pitt to claim East Regional title

1941 NCAA Tournament
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Pitt Wisconsin 36Pittsburgh 30
UW Field House • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 14,000

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1st 2nd Final
 Pittsburgh 18 12 30
14 22 36
 Statistical Leaders
 • Gene Englund: 11 Pts, 7-8 FT
 • John Kotz: 10 Pts, 4-4 FT
 • Charles Epperson: 7 Pts, 2-6 FG
 Stats at a Glance
 Field Goals 12-63 10-43
 FG Percentage .190 .233
 Free Throws 6-7 16-20
 FT Percentage .857 .800
 Fouls 17 8
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March 22, 1941

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin avenged a 36-34 home loss to Pittsburgh earlier in the season with a 36-30 victory over the Panthers in the NCAA East Regional title game at the UW Field House. 

The Badgers jumped to a 10-5 lead and were in front, 12-9, before Pittsburgh's Eddie Straloski scored six straight points to give the Panthers a 15-12 lead.

Pittsburgh led 18-14 at halftime and built its lead to 23-18 early in the second period.

 Fast Facts
• UW opened up a 10-5 lead to begin the game
• Badgers used 6-0 run to regain lead for good in 2nd half
• Wisconsin outscored Pitt 16-6 from the FT stripe

The Badgers scored the next six points to go up 24-23, getting a basket from Gene Englund and a field goal and two free throws from John Kotz.

They built the lead to 29-25 and eventually extended the margin to 36-26 to win handily.

Wisconsin outscored the Panthers 16-6 from the free throw line, going to the stripe 20 times compared to Pittsburgh;s seven.

Englund was 7-of-8 from the line and finished with 11 points, while Kotz made all four charity tosses and totaled 10 points.

Straloski paced the Panthers with 12 points.

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