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Wisconsin hooked by Horns, 74-69



December 23, 2008

MADISON, Wis. Last season the Badgers stole a win at Texas. This time it was the Longhorns returning the favor. Almost exactly a year ago, Michael Flowers stole an in-bounds pass to clinch a Wisconsin victory, but this time it was a Texas steal that sparked a 74-69 decision at the Kohl Center.

With UW protecting a one-point lead with 2:45 to play, Texas Dogus Balbay stole the ball in the backcourt and laid it in for a 68-67 Longhorns lead. Texas would never relinquish that advantage.


Brian Mason went Beyond the Box with notes and highlights from the game.

Trevon Hughes and A.J. Abrams matched each other shot-for-shot in a first half that saw five ties and three lead changes. While Hughes was combining 3-pointers and slashing drives for 13 points first-half points, Abrams was hitting jumpers and mid-range floaters from all over the court for 12 points of his own before intermission.

Wisconsin built a 30-23 lead with 6:33 left in the half, only to watch the Longhorns rattle off 11 unanswered points. Texas' 34-30 lead wouldn't last as Jason Bohannon knotted the game up with four straight free throws. A last-second tip-in by Damian James gave UT a 39-37 lead at the break.

Neither team could get much separation in the second half. Just when Wisconsin took a 64-60 lead, Texas answered with baskets from Justin Mason and Abrams to tie it at 64-64 with 7:57 remaining.

A pair of Damian James free throws with 4:50 remaining gave Texas a 66-64 lead. A Bohannon trey two minutes later put the Badgers back on top by one with just over 3:00 to play.

Wisconsin had just two second-half turnovers, but the second was costly. Balbay's steal and score started a 4-0 run for UT, giving them a 70-67 advantage and setting the stage for a dramatic comeback that never happened.

A jumper by Marcus Landry cut the Longhorns lead to only one, but Gary Johnson answered for the Longhorns by banking in a long jump shot with 23 seconds left to push UT back ahead by three at 72-69 with 23 seconds left. Abrams would sink two free throws putting the finishes touches on a 74-69 Texas win.

Hughes scored a team-high 18 points and Bohannon added 16, including four 3-pointers. Abrams paced the Longhorns with a game-high 21 points while James scored 18 and Johnson added 16.

Wisconsin is now off until New Year's Eve when it opens the Big Ten regular season at Michigan. Tip-off in Ann Arbor is set for 1 p.m., and the matchup will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.

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