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Badgers fall in overtime to Green Bay, 88-84

ON WISCONSIN <b>Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil (52) tries to keep control of the ball as Wisconsin-Green Bay's Rahmon Fletcher (20) and Rian Pearson try to take it during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)</b>
Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil (52) tries to keep control of the ball as Wisconsin-Green Bay's Rahmon Fletcher (20) and Rian Pearson try to take it during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Dec. 9, 2009

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) --The streak had to end some time.

The No. 20 Wisconsin men's basketball team owned a 15-0 all-time record against in-state rival Green Bay heading into the teams' latest matchup, but that number mattered little on Wednesday.

Despite having history on their side, and despite career-high scoring nights from senior Trevon Hughes and junior Jon Leuer, the Badgers were unable to find an answer against a hot-shooting Green Bay squad that pulled out an 88-84 win in front of a Resch Center-record crowd of 9,759 fans.

 Green Bay 88, #20/23 Wisconsin 84 1st 2nd OT
 Wisconsin (6-2) 37 38 9 84
 Green Bay (9-2) 39 36 13 88
 Statistical Leaders
 PointsTrevon Hughes (UW) 27  |  Bryquis Perine (Green Bay) 22
 Rebounds:  Jon Leuer (UW) 10  |  Randy Berry (Green Bay) 12
 Assists:  Trevon Hughes (UW) 5  |  Seth Evans (Green Bay) 4

"When you (allow them to) shoot 50 percent from three, something else has to really go well for you," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "They hit shots. I’ve been doing this a long time and when people hit shots like that, it’s very difficult.”

Afer battling back to force the extra period, the Badgers couldn't hold off a Phoenix squad that got a key 3-pointer from Troy Cotton and then went 6-for-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch of the overtime.

Rahmon Fletcher added 18 points for the Phoenix (9-2), who held off a second-half surge by the Badgers and took control in overtime. Wisconsin-Green Bay students swarmed in the middle of the court -- but left their seats a little too early, as referees were putting 1 second back on the clock. After returning to their seats, students retook the court to celebrate.

Hughes scored a career-high 27 points for the Badgers (6-2) but fouled out in overtime. The senior captain has now topped the 20-mark plateau in three consecutive games. Leuer added a career-best 26 points and finished off a double-double with 10 rebounds. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor and put together a 9-for-12 performance at the free-throw line.

Hughes scored 19 in the second half and was the catalyst for the Badgers as they climbed back from a deficit that swelled to eight points at the 10:29 mark of the period. At one point, he scored 15 consecutive points for the Badgers, largely from the free-throw line.

Hughes finished the night 13-of-18 from the charity stripe.

“Well, there were opportunities for him," Ryan said. "They were using a lot of hands on us. If they’re going to do that away from the ball then sometimes you have to create alleys and create help situations.

"I thought when we were making our runs, that’s what we were doing a pretty good job of.”

For the game, the Badgers outscored the Phoenix by six at the free-throw line, but Green Bay's 50-percent shooting from 3-point range (9-for-18) helped offset that deficit.

Green Bay's Randy Berry opened overtime with an inside score and a pair of free throws, giving the Phoenix a 79-75 lead. Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon answered with two free throws, but Cotton hit a 3-pointer to put the Phoenix up 82-77 with 2:32 left.

A loose-ball foul put Leuer on the line with 1:54 left, but he only hit one of two free-throw attempts and Green Bay led by four with 1:54 left.

Hughes missed inside with 43 seconds left, then fouled out, sending Berry to the line with 40.1 seconds to go. Berry hit one of two, giving Green Bay a 5-point lead.

Leuer was fouled and hit both free throws, cutting the lead to 3, but Evans answered with two free throws of his own for Greenm Bay. Wisconsin's Tim Jarmusz then watched as his pass sailed out of bounds with 22.1 seconds left.

Green Bay was in control for much of regulation, leading 59-51 on a 3-pointer by Cordero Barkley with 10:29 remaining in the second half. But Hughes kept the Badgers in the game by consistently driving the lane, getting fouled and going to the free throw line.

A Hughes 3-pointer cut Green Bay's lead to 60-57, and two more free throws brought the Badgers within one.

Bohannon then found Leuer wide open on the baseline for a slam dunk, giving Wisconsin a 61-60 lead with 7:58 remaining -- Wisconsin's first points by a player other than Hughes since the 14:22 mark.

But Green Bay didn't go away, going on a 9-2 run to retake the lead, 69-63, on a 3-pointer by Fletcher.

Leuer answered with a three-point play to cut Green Bay's lead to two. After Berry hit one of two free throws for the Phoenix, Bohannon hit a 3-pointer--his first points of the game--to tie the game at 69.

But Berry went back to the line and hit them both, putting Green Bay up two--and Hughes missed two free throws on the other end with 2:53 remaining.

Fletcher hit another two free throws, but Hughes drove for a layup to cut Green Bay's lead to two with 1:53 remaining, then hit another inside shot to tie the game at 73.

Perine missed a 3-pointer, but the ball went out of bounds to Green Bay. Perine drove for a foul on Ryan Evans, and hit both free throws to take a 2-point lead with 25.2 left. Hughes missed a layup but Leuer scored on a putback.

Evans rebounded a miss by Perine but the Phoenix couldn't get another shot up in time, and the game went to overtime.

The Badgers now turn their attention to a matchup with another in-state rival, as Marquette comes to the Kohl Center on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m., with ESPN2 broadcasting the game live.

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