March 20, 2009
BOISE, Id. Thanks to an incredible game-winning shot from Trevon Hughes, the Wisconsin mens basketball team upset 5th-seeded Florida State with a 61-59 overtime win Friday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Badgers will now face No. 4 Xavier on Sunday at 1:20 p.m CST at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho after the Musketeers beat Portland State 77-59 on Friday.
Go "Beyond the Box" with analysis and notes from the win
Wisconsin post-game quotes
"They performed so well tonight and in there and hung tough when things weren't going very well," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said of his players. "So I'm very excited for them that they still get to keep playing."
For the first 10 minutes the Badgers controlled the pace of the game, jumping out to a 10-4 lead. Florida State had five turnovers and just four points through the first seven minutes.
Florida State started to heat things up going on a 13-2 run and regaining the lead at 17-12 lead. Sophomore Keaton Nankivil snapped the Wisconsin drought with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from Tim Jarmusz on the wing tied the game at 17-17.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Chris Singleton gave the Seminoles a seven-point lead with under four minutes left in the first. The Badgers struggled to find their stride at the end of the half, going into the break down 31-19.
"We had a good talk in the locker room before Coach came in and then he came in and got us even more fired up to go out there and just give it our all," senior Joe Krabbenhoft said. "It was 20 minutes that was guaranteed to us and nothing after that. And man, we played with such emotion that we really willed ourselves to that victory."
Whatever was said in that locker room must have worked. The Badgers came roaring back after intermission.
Wisconsin scored the first 13 points after the break to erase the Seminole lead just 5:20 into the second half. After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, the Badgers sizzled the rest of the way connecting on 8-of-17 from downtown.
Krabbenhoft got the run started with a 3-pointer from the corner. Nankivil came up with a triple followed by a 3-pointer from Jason Bohannon, giving the Badgers a two-point lead 35-33.
Marcus Landry snapped a Florida State 9-0 run with a baseline jumper with just 8:27 left in the game cutting the FSU lead to five at 44-39. Landry again brought the Badgers within five at 46-41 with 3:49 left as he sank another jumper in the paint.
An FSU foul sent Hughes to the line, where he hit both free throws and followed with a trey to tie the game at 46-46 with 3:00 left in regulation.
Moments later, with the shot clock winding down, Bohannon sank a deep 3-pointer to give the Badgers the lead, 52-50, with just 45 seconds on the clock. A foul by Hughes sent Toney Douglas to the line who hit both free throws tying the game at 52-52 with 36 seconds left. UW put the ball in Bohannon's hands for a potential game-winning play. Bohannon drove and kicked the ball out to freshman Jordan Taylor who missed a 3-pointer sending the game into overtime tied at 52-52.
Bohannon would pick up right where he left off, opening overtime with his fourth 3-pointer of the game giving UW a three point lead, 55-52. Douglas responded with his own three giving FSU a three-point lead at 59-56 with 1:02 left.
After a Taylor bucket cut the Seminoles lead to just 59-58, the freshman made the defensive play of the game forcing Douglas into a difficult miss and setting the stage for Hughes' late-game heroics.
Trailing by one with time running out, Hughes drove, spun and flipped in an incredible shot over two Florida State defenders. For good measure he was fouled and drained the free throw for a two-point margin at 61-59 with two seconds left. Hughes then broke up the desperation in-bounds pass preserving the dramatic Wisconsin win.
"They let me get it and they let me make a play," Hughes said after the game. "Basically I got in the lane and did what I had to do and that's get the W."
Bohannon led four Badgers in double figures with 16 points. Douglas, a first-team All-ACC selection led all scorers with 26 points.
The Badgers will now go on to play No. 4 Xavier on Sunday at 1:20 p.m. CST in Boise, Id.