Nothing free: Badgers grind out 76-66 win over Illinois




Jan. 15, 2011

20 Wisconsin 76, 16 Illinois 66
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.

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 Illinois (13-5, 3-2) 25 41 66
 Wisconsin (13-4, 3-2)
27 49 76
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 • Jon Leuer: 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 7-8 FTs
 • Jordan Taylor: 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 16-18 FTs
 • Keaton Nankivil: 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk
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 FG Percentage
.302 .391
 3-Point FG Percentage .250 .300
 FT Percentage .833 .829
 Offensive Rebounds
15 11
 Defensive Rebounds 20 24
 Total Rebounds 35 35
 Turnovers
7 7
 Fouls
30 24
 2nd-Half Free Throws 21-26 26-31
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil has impressive shooting range for a big man.

That allows him to fit in well in the Badgers' front court.

The 6-foot-8 senior forward nailed three 3-pointers in the second half of No. 20 Wisconsin's 76-66 victory over No. 16 Illinois on Saturday as he continued to emerge as a steady No. 3 scoring option to complement Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor.

Leuer scored 26 points and hit a critical 3-pointer down the stretch and Taylor added 22 for the Badgers (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who rebounded from an overtime loss at Michigan State.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers shoot 82.9 percent from free-throw line
• Leuer, Taylor top 20 points in same game for fourth time
• UW wins 18th straight game following a loss

Demetri McCamey scored 23 -- going 17 for 21 from the free throw line -- for the Illini (13-5, 3-2), who have lost two straight on the road after beginning conference play 3-0.

For the Badgers, who bounced back from their overtime setback at Michigan State, it was their 18th-consecutive win following a loss.

Taylor was 16 for 18 from the free throw line for the Badgers in a game that was marred by frequent foul calls.

Ryan didn't fault the officials.

"How would you like to have to officiate that?" Ryan said.

Illinois came into Saturday's game as one of the nation's top shooting teams, especially from 3-point range.

But coming off a lukewarm shooting night in a loss at Penn State, Illinois shot a season-low 30.2 percent from the field Saturday.

"When people take things away, now you've got to be a little more patient," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said.

McCamey said he expects the Illini to respond well against Michigan State at home Tuesday.

"We had a tough week here on the road, so now we've got to regroup and come home and get ready for Michigan state and win home games," McCamey said. "As long as you win your home games and try to steal some on the road, you'll be in good shape."

Illinois guard D.J. Richardson continued to struggle, shooting 0 for 4 from the field Saturday. Richardson also was 0 for 4 in the loss at Penn State.

"D.J., really, he's lost a little confidence," Weber said. "Struggled, really, on both ends of the court. I think he's let his offense affect it."

Illinois also played without highly regarded freshman Jereme Richmond, whom Weber said did not play because of "personal issues" that caused him to miss practice. Weber expects him back for Tuesday night.

Brandon Paul added 15 for the Illini.

Weber said Leuer was the difference.

"He was the key to the game," Weber said. "Every time they needed a basket, they were able to go to him, and he was able to respond."

Wisconsin evened the season series with the Illini, who beat the Badgers 69-61 on Jan. 2.

Leading by 2 at halftime after a late 3-pointer by Tim Jarmusz, Wisconsin took control of the game with a 10-0 run to begin the second half.

Nankivil hit a pair of early 3-pointers, helping the Badgers recover from their ugly 1-for-12 shooting performance from 3-point range in the first half.

McCamey's ability to drive and draw fouls kept Illinois in the game, and Wisconsin's lead didn't truly seem safe until Leuer nailed a 3-pointer with 5:10 left.

The Badgers return to action Thursday by hosting Indiana at 8 p.m. in a game that will air live on ESPN.

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