Feb. 4, 2012
BY BRIAN MASON
UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME
In a 58-52 loss to No. 3 Ohio State, the star for the 19th-ranked Badgers was junior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Bruesewitz pumped in 11 points and hauled down a career-high 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. He also worked to limit the impact of Buckeyes All-American Jared Sullinger in the second half, grabbed four offensive rebounds and drilled a key 3-pointer in the late stages for the Badgers.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Jared Berggren drew the task of matching up with Sullinger early. The Ohio State sophomore finished with a game-high 24 points, but Berggren had the highlight-reel moment on Sullinger in the first half. Catching the ball a step off the block, Berggren drove Sullinger into the paint before spinning to his left and away from the basket. In one, fluid move, he tossed a shot over his shoulder with his right hand. It was a tough look that turned into an easy-looking layup and gave the Badgers an 8-7 lead four minutes into the game.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Wisconsin never led in the second half, but a clutch 3-pointer by Mike Bruesewitz drew the Badgers within a single point, at 51-50, with 3:46 left to play. Back-to-back timeouts helped sap some of the energy the shot had infused into the Kohl Center crowd, but the deflating moment came just over a minute after Bruesewitz’s triple when Sullinger swiped a steal from Jordan Taylor -- who saw his ridiculous stretch of play without committing a turnover halted at 159 consecutive minutes earlier in the second half. The theft set up a 3-pointer by William Buford that boosted the Buckeyes’ lead to 54-50 with 2:27 to play and effectively sealed OSU’s first win in Madison since 2000.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Badgers shot 60 percent from close range -- connecting on 17 of their 28 attempts from inside the arc -- and scored 26 points in the paint. Those numbers certainly were in the Badgers’ favor, especially against a Buckeyes team that makes interior scoring a challenge. A 5-for-27 (18.5 percent) performance from 3-point range, however, helped do in the Badgers.