Davison, Wisconsin hold off Minnesota

The Badgers are in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten with Illinois and Michigan.

Wisconsin Badgers guard Brad Davison (34) dribbles the ball past Minnesota Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (top) during the first half Sunday, March 1, at Kohl Center in Madison. (Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports)

Brad Davison scored a team-high 20 points, and Brevin Pritzl added 15 to lead Wisconsin to a 71-69 win against Minnesota on Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Prizl drained a pair of free throws with 11.7 seconds left that helped seal the win, extending Wisconsin's winning streak to six games.

Minnesota center Daniel Oturu posted game highs with 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Marcus Carr added 21 for the Gophers, who swapped the lead with Wisconsin over the final minute.

The Badgers (19-10, 12-6) are entrenched in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten with Illinois and Michigan State. Micah Potter came off the bench and contributed 10 points and six rebounds for Wisconsin.

The Gophers (13-15, 7-11) cobbled together a 12-0 run even the score at 49 with 9:21 to play, capped by a layup by Alihan Demir.


The Badgers' Aleem Ford dunked the ball on a back-door feed from D'Mitrik Trice on a set play with 30 seconds to go that swapped the lead back to Wisconsin at 69-68. That was part of a 9-2 run to take the lead for good.

Down three with 11 seconds to play, Oturu was fouled and made one of two from the line with four seconds remaining.

Wisconsin led 31-28 at intermission after Davison drove the lane ahead of Oturu and drained a finger roll layup at the first-half buzzer.

Davison scored 13 straight Badgers points between the first and second halves before Ford's free throw extended Wisconsin's lead to 37-32 with 16:48 to go in the game. Potter followed with a 3-pointer, and Wisconsin led by as many as 12 before the Golden Gophers made their charge.

The Badgers' victory gave the teams one win each in the season series. Minnesota secured a 70-52 home win on Feb. 5.

Trice, who scored 28 points in Wisconsin's win at Michigan three days ago, scored four points on 1-of-8 shooting on Sunday.

The Badgers shot 17-of-24 from the free-throw line in the win, while the Gophers finished 13-of-23.

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