Badgers' rally falls short in overtime loss to Spartans




Michigan State 10 Michigan State 63, 18 Wisconsin 60 (OT)
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21 29 13 63
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Jan. 3, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Tuesday night happens.

After senior Jordan Taylor practically willed Wisconsin into overtime against No. 10 Michigan State scoring 13 of UW’s final 15 points in regulation, it looked like he – with a little miracle help from Ryan Evans – was going to do it again in overtime.

Taylor scored eight of UW’s 10 points in overtime including back-to-back contested 3-pointers that helped bring the Badgers within three at 63-60 with 10 seconds remaining.

After two missed free throws from MSU’s Draymond Green, an apparent game-tying 3-pointer from Evans at the buzzer was disallowed after officials looked at a replay and ruled that it left his hand after time expired.

That allowed the Spartans (14-2, 3-0) to hold on for a 63-60 overtime victory, their first win in Madison since 2001.

Taylor scored 28 points for the Badgers (12-4, 1-2), who have lost two straight at home for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

 Fast Facts
• Evans' tying 3-pointer at end of OT overturned on review
• Taylor scores 21 of UW's final 25, finishes with 28
• Badgers fall to 12-4 overall, 1-2 in Big Ten

“We felt like they got [the shot] off, but the refs made the right call, according to the rule book,” Taylor said after the game. “So good job on their part. It doesn’t come down to a last shot. There were a lot of things that we need to correct to avoid a situation like that.”

In comments distributed by Wisconsin's sports information staff, referee Pat Driscoll acknowledged that there was some confusion because a clock on a side scoreboard appeared to show 0.2 seconds left when the shot left Evans' hand, while time had expired on the clock above the backboard.

"By rule we have to go by the clock that is on the backboard," Driscoll said. "I don't know why there would be different (times) - it could be satellite, electronic, whatever - but by rule we have to go by the clock that is attached to the backboard. In our review on the monitor, the clock clearly showed zeros while the ball remained in the Wisconsin player's hands."

Driscoll said officials looked at the replay approximately seven times, also examining whether Evans' foot was on the 3-point line.

Badgers coach Bo Ryan said he tried to sneak a peek at the replay monitor while officials were looking at it but didn't get a good look.

"I haven't broken it down yet," Ryan said. "Probably will, though."

It was another rare home loss - and another rough shooting night - for the Badgers, who shot poorly from outside in a home loss to Iowa on Saturday.

It was only the Badgers' 14th loss, and eighth conference loss, at home under Ryan.

Green hit a pair of free throws to give the Spartans a 54-52 lead early in overtime, but Evans scored inside to tie the game.

After defensive stops on both ends, Brandon Wood drove the lane and passed to Derrick Nix, who scored to give the Spartans a 56-54 lead. Nix then scored again on a putback, putting Michigan State up 58-54 with 1:44 left in overtime.

After a long missed 3-point attempt by Wisconsin's Ben Brust, Appling went to the line and hit one of two free throws for a 59-54 lead with 50 seconds left.

Jared Berggren missed from 3-point range, and Green hit a pair of free throws. Taylor then hit a 3-pointer to cut the Spartans' lead to 61-57 with 22.6 seconds left. Appling hit a pair of free throws - but Taylor hit another 3-pointer with just over 10 seconds left.

Green missed two free throws before Evans' desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer appeared to tie it.

Ryan praised Evans for racing to the 3-point line and getting his shot off quickly, a situation they've run in practice.

"But you can't wait until the end of the game to start making shots," Ryan said.

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