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Second-half surge powers Badgers past Michigan


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Jan. 5, 2011

Wisconsin 66, Michigan 50
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 Michigan (11-4, 1-2) 28 22 50
 Wisconsin (12-3, 2-1)
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 • Jordan Taylor: 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast
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.395 .477
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team was in an unusual position midway through Wednesday's Big Ten clash with Michigan.

In the end, the Badgers found themselves back in familiar territory.

Trailing at halftime for just the 29th time in 156 home games under head coach Bo Ryan, UW used an impressive second half to rally and score a 66-50 win over the Wolverines.

The victory improved Ryan's impressive record in Big Ten home games to 71-6 (.922).

 Fast Facts
• Badgers hit 6 of 12 3-pointers in second half
• UW went first 18:45 of second half without a turnover
Jordan Taylor scores sixth 20-point game of season

Junior guard Jordan Taylor keyed a game-changing 13-0 run early the second half and finished with 20 points.  Senior forward Jon Leuer added 17 points and Keaton Nankivil chipped in 13 to help the Badgers (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten) win their ninth straight over the Wolverines (11-4, 1-2).

Leuer and Taylor both pulled down eight rebounds and also finished with three assists apiece.

"We hung tough, we got (Michigan) to miss some shots while we were scoring, and it's tough playing from behind, especially on the road," Ryan said.

Despite shooting 47.8 percent in the first half, the Badgers found themselves trailing by two points at intermission.  On the other side of the break, however, the momentum quickly shifted to the home team.

Wisconsin did its damage inside early -- scoring 14 of its 26 first-half points in the paint -- but Taylor opened a 3-point barrage for the Badgers in the second half by draining a triple on UW's second possession of period.

After Zack Novak answered with a trey on the Wolverines' next possession, Michigan went nearly five minutes without a basket. Novak hit another 3-pointer to bookend a scoreless drought of 4:49 - the 19th scoreless stretch of 4:00 or longer the Badgers have forced this season.

UW used the opportunity for a 13-0 run that turned a four-point Wolverines lead into a nine-point advantage for the Badgers.

Taylor opened the spurt by splashing another 3-pointer and Nankivil followed with a trey of his own less than two minutes later to give UW its first lead since holding a 6-4 edge early in the first half.

"I think we did a good job getting the ball in the paint early, and then we came back (outside) in the second half," Nankivil said.

Taylor struck again from 3-point range to extend the lead to five points, and Josh Gasser padded it further by converting a tough look in the lane. A pair of free throws from Leuer pushed the advantage to 42-33 with 13:15 remaining.

Michigan found its momentum again, but Leuer drained another triple to limit the damage of an 8-3 run for the Wolverines. UW then responded with a 6-0 spurt of its own to push the lead to double digits for the first time at 54-44.

When Brett Valentyn joined the 3-point parade with 3:12 to play, the Badgers' advantage hit 11 points.

"Once we got behind, it was really hard to come back on them," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We tried zone, we tried man and they got a couple extra possessions when we went zone that couldn't let us get it under six.

"From there on out, the lights are out usually here with three or four minutes to go and down four, because they are not going to miss foul shots and they're not going to turn it over."

The lead continued to grow over the final two minutes, with Taylor and Jarmusz combining to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line. The Badgers, who entered the game tied for the national lead in free-throw percentage, finished the night 15-for-18 from the charity stripe.

Wisconsin was equally effective from the field, shooting 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range in the second half.

That included a 3-for-4 night for Taylor.

"We talked about certain things we needed to do, but Jordan knows. Jordan's one of the smartest guys around," Ryan said. "It wasn't anything particular, maybe just a nuance here, an angle there.

"They played off him a bit, but he was open on those 3s, and he's still proving he can hit those."

Of the 29 home games during Ryan's tenure in which the Badgers were down at the half, UW has rallied to win 19. Wednesday's victory also improved UW's record against unranked Big Ten opponents to 56-1 under Ryan.

The Badgers will strike out on the road when they return to action, however, as they head to East Lansing, Mich., to take on No. 18 Michigan State on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN.

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