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Gopher Hole: Jackson, Badgers bury Minnesota in final seconds

Michigan State Wisconsin 45, 12 Minnesota 44
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 17,249

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 • Ryan Evans: 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk 4-10 FG
 • Sam Dekker: 10 Pts, 6 Reb 3-7 FG
 • Traevon Jackson: 9 Pts, 4-7 FG
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 FG Percentage .348 .370
 3-Point FG Percentage .455 .318
 FT Percentage .583 .500
 Offensive Rebounds 8 11
 Defensive Rebounds 21 24
 Total Rebounds 29 35
 Turnovers 9 10
 2nd Chance Pts 4 10
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Jan. 26, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- For Wisconsin sophomore Traevon Jackson, this season has been a maturation process. Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center, Jackson's growth took a big step.

Jackson sank UW's final two baskets, including the game winner with just 2.1 seconds remaining to snatch a 45-44 win over 12th-ranked Minnesota at the Kohl Center on Saturday.

"I don't have any fear," Jackson said. "You've got to want the ball and to help this team out. Every guy on our team wants the ball at the end of the game."

 Fast Facts
• Trae Jackson netted the game-winning basket with 2.1 seconds left
Ryan Evans & Sam Dekker scored 10 points apeiece
• The game saw six ties and eight lead changes

Wisconsin (14-6, 5-2) trailed 43-41 with 3:53 remaining in regulation following a made jumper by Trevor Mbakwe. The teams would go scoreless for the next 2:50 before Jackson tied the game at 43-43 on a pull-up jumper with just over a minute remaining.

On the ensuing possession, junior Ben Brust drew an offensive foul on Minnesota's Andre Hollins leaving Wisconsin the ball in a tie game with 39 seconds left. Jackson would then release the eventual game-winning basket just before the shot clock expired and only 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation.

On Minnesota's final possession, senior Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe during the inbounds play. Williams would head to the line for two free throws after it was decided that Mbakwe was unable to take the shots due to injury. Williams went 1-for-2 at the line, missing the second and a rebound from freshman Sam Dekker sealed the win for UW.

Senior Ryan Evans finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for Wisconsin, while Dekker tallied 10 points, rallying a Badgers bench which outscored the Gophers, 18-10. Jackson recorded nine points on 4-for-7 (.571) shooting.

"That is a very good rebounding team we just hung with, and did a pretty good job competing with them," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "That is where the game was won for us, defensively and on the glass."

After giving up just 49 points against Michigan State on Tuesday, the Badgers have now held consecutive opponents to season-low point totals. Wisconsin also gained a 35-29 advantage on the glass against the Big Ten's best rebounding team, including 11 offensive boards.

The Badgers countered another sluggish start from the field by finding their stroke late in the first half. The Golden Gophers took advantage of Wisconsin's slow shooting start and led 19-11 with just over five minutes remaining before the intermission. The Badgers would find their rhythm not long after, using a 13-2 run, which included a combined 11 points from Evans and Dekker, to retake the lead, 24-21.

Andre Hollins hit three free throws following redshirt-freshman George Marshall's foul with 0.2 seconds remaining in the half, as the Gophers and Badgers went into the half knotted at 24-24.  

Andre Hollins led Minnesota with 20 points on 7-for-13 (.538) shooting from the field. Mbakwe added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Wisconsin takes on No. 14 Ohio State on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

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