March 19, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --
Star of the Game
Jon Leuer is the easy winner of Friday’s Star of the Game honor. In addition to leading the Badgers with 20 points and eight rebounds, Leuer’s baseline jumper with 17 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner and helped Wisconsin avoid the upset. Leuer connected on 8-of-16 shots and also registered an assist and a steal while playing over 39 minutes.
Play of the Game
Leuer’s heroic baseline jumper with 17 seconds remaining was no doubt the biggest play in the win over Wofford. With the Badgers and Terriers deadlocked at 49-49 in the final seconds, Trevon Hughes penetrated and kicked to the corner where Leuer was waiting. When Leuer’s man sagged off to help defend Hughes’ drive, that left the 6-10 forward open to knock down the game’s decisive two-point jumper.
Turning Point of the Game
Leuer’s game-winning jumper would not have been possible if not for a big-time offensive rebound from junior Keaton Nankivil. After Hughes missed a jumper with 50 seconds remaining, it looked as though Wofford might have a shot to grab the lead in a 49-49 game. Instead, Nankivil stole the offensive rebound and kicked it out before falling out of bounds to give the Badgers another 35-second shot clock and set the stage for Leuer’s dramatic shot.
Stat of the Game
Friday night’s turnover differential was a critical statistic in Wisconsin’s win. The Badgers turned the ball over just four times and forced Wofford into 11 turnovers. Two of those Terrier turnovers came in the game’s final two minutes. First, Hughes’ strip of Jamar Diggs led to a breakaway lay-up to take a one-point lead with 1:54 left. Then, with Wofford trailing by two points in the final five seconds, UW forced Wofford’s final turnover to clinch the win.