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Taylor Made: Seniors guide Badgers to first-round comeback win

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Texas A&M-CC 2 Wisconsin 76, 15 Texas A&M-CC 63
2007 NCAA Tournament - First Round (Midwest Region)
United Center • Chicago, Ill. • Attendance: 18,237

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1st 2nd Final
Texas A&M-CC
39 35 74
27 41 68
 Statistical Leaders
 • Kammron Taylor: 24 Pts, 3 Ast, 7-15 FG
 • Alando Tucker: 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 9-10 FT
 • Jason Bohannon: 10 Pts, 3 Ast, 2-5 3FG
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 FG Percentage .435 .400
 3-Point FG Percentage .500 .350
 FT Percentage .680 .833
 Offensive Rebounds 7 11
 Defensive Rebounds 24 23
 Total Rebounds 34 34
 Turnovers 17 10
 Blocks 5 4
 Steals 5 8
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March 16, 2007

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker stepped up and did just what seniors do during March Madness.

The duo combined for 47 points, including 38 in the second half, to lead No. 2-seeded Wisconsin to a 76-63 comeback victory over 15th-seeded Texas AM-Corpus Christi in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at the United Center Friday afternoon.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers tallied 57 points in the second half
• UW fought off a 10-0 deficit to start off the game
• K. Taylor scored all of his game-high 24 pts in 2nd half

The win moves the Badgers into a second-round matchup with seventh-seeded UNLV (29-6), which defeated 10th-seeded Georgia Tech (20-12), 67-63, earlier in the day. Wisconsin and the Rebels will tip off at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday. The winner advances to the regional semifinals in St. Louis next Friday.

Wisconsin now owns a 30-5 record. The previous school record for victories in a season was 25. The Badgers are now 8-0 in NCAA Tournament games against lower-seeded teams under Bo Ryan.

Wisconsin trailed by as many as 18 points (25-7) late in the first half and did not assume the lead until a Taylor jumper made it 49-47 with 9:35 left to play in the second half. Taylor, in fact, did not score in the game until he made a three-pointer to cut the Islander lead to 47-44 with 10:40 remaining to play. He then scored Wisconsins next 16 points during the following 4:37 as the Badgers began to pull away.

Taylor was 0-for-6 from the field in the first half before catching fire to score all of his game-high 24 points during the final 10:40 of the second half. He set the school record for points scored in a half during an NCAA Tournament game and tied for the sixth-most points scored in a half in school history.

Tucker poured in 14 second-half points, despite foul trouble, and finished with 23 points for the game. He made nine of 10 free throw attempts. It was the All-Americans 20th 20-point effort of the season.

The Badgers suffered through a cold-shooting first half, making just six of 29 field goal attempts, including 0-for-8 from three-point range. Texas AM-Corpus Christi scored the games first 10 points and eventually led 25-7 when the Islanders Josh Washington made the second of two free throws with 5:29 left. Wisconsin, however, closed the gap with an 8-2 run to finish the half trailing, 27-19.

Wisconsin slowly chipped away at the Islander lead once the second half began. Freshman Jason Bohannon picked up eight of his 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half, including a pair of three-point field goals. UW trailed 40-28 after a Scooby Johnson free throw gave the Islanders a 12-point edge with 14:56 remaining. But the Badgers trimmed that lead to six points to set up Taylors monumental effort.

The Badgers, who shot 21 percent from the field in the first half, responded by making 16 of 26 from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 40 percent (22 of 55). UW was outstanding from the free throw line, connecting on 25 of 30 (.833). Wisconsin committed just four second-half turnovers and 10 for the game.

Texas AM-Corpus Christi, which ended its season with a 26-7 record, shot 44 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line in its bid to knock off a No. 2 seed. Chris Daniels led the Islanders with 20 points.

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