Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victory

first_imgThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday night 69–61 over the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (17-6, 8-4) at the Kohl Center. After a shaky first half, the Badgers came up with several big shots and hustle plays down the stretch to extend their current winning streak to five games.Though the Badgers were graced with electric performances from both Ethan Happ and Brad Davison, the difference Friday night came from the Wisconsin bench.Sophomore Aleem Ford provided 10 crucial points off the bench, including two second-half three-pointers to help extend the Wisconsin advantage. This, coming off a scoreless three-game stretch in which he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, was a testament to Ford’s confidence and the trust that his teammates have in him.“They were always in my ear saying the next one will fall,” Ford said.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…The three-ball proved to be a deciding factor in Friday’s victory. Wisconsin struggled to defend the perimeter in the first half, as Maryland opened the game 6 of 10 from deep. Poor transition defense and weak closeouts gave the Terrapins plenty of open looks, particularly for guard Eric Ayala, who went 4 of 4 on three-pointers in the first half.Just as important in the game’s outcome, however, was foul trouble. Maryland’s big men — Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith — dominated in the first half, outmuscling Happ on the block and providing valuable rim protection on defense. But when they were each whistled for their third foul early in the second half, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was forced to go to his bench.With the Terrapins in the penalty, the Badgers were given plenty of opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but Wisconsin was unable to take control of the game with Fernando and Smith out for nearly six minutes. The Badgers trailed by six with 12 minutes to go.But Wisconsin stood tall thanks to sharpshooting from Ford, Brevin Pritzl (2-of-2 3PT) and Davison — who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Badgers made six of their last eight three-point attempts to take command of a hotly contested conference battle in front of a raucous home crowd.Davison finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc, firing up the intensity late in the game’s tightest moments. Wisconsin finished 9 of 18 on three-pointers.UW posted 23 free throw attempts — 12 coming from Happ — compared to Maryland’s eight. Happ finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 45th career double-double.Women’s basketball: Marsha Howard, Imani Lewis look to maintain consistency against visiting Michigan SundayThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center Sunday, just one week Read…Turgeon was proud of how his team fought but realized he had limited options down the stretch.“I thought our defense was terrific at times,” Turgeon said. “But when both of your big guys are in trouble and you’ve got an All-American in Happ, they’re hard to guard.”The Badgers held Maryland to 2 of 10 on three-pointers in the second half, while Ayala finished with 18 points. Fernando finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Up next, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for a Feb. 6. showdown against rival Minnesota.last_img read more

Dodgers rally late but fall short against Texas Rangers

first_imgTHE GAME: The Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but came up short, losing 8-6 to the Texas Rangers Sunday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. The Dodgers are 6-3-1 after the first 10 games of Cactus League action.PITCHING REPORT: Kenley Jansen made his third appearance of the spring and retired the side in order again. He has faced nine batters this spring, retired all nine and struck out six. … Lefty specialist Adam Kolarek faced six consecutive right-handed hitters in the fifth inning and gave up five consecutive singles before getting a double-play grounder. Left-handed hitting Rougned Odor then drove in the fourth run of the inning with another single. … Lefty Tyler Gilbert (acquired from the Phillies) gave up two home runs in his inning Sunday.HITTING REPORT: The Dodgers were outhit 14-7 and had just three hits through the first seven innings. … They loaded the bases on an infield single and two walks to start the first inning but scored just once (on a ground out by Will Smith). … Kike’ Hernandez drove in two with a home run off Corey Kluber. Hernandez has four hits this spring, three of them home runs. … Zach McKinstry hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. McKinstry leads the Dodgers with eight hits this spring including two homers and is batting .471. … Cristian Santana drove in a run with an RBI triple in the ninth and Edwin Rios followed with a two-run home run.DEFENSE REPORT: The Dodgers were the last team in the Cactus League to be charged with an error when Kike’ Hernandez bobbled Rougned Odor’s ground ball in the first inning Sunday. Hernandez was at second base with third baseman Cristian Santana also shifted to the right side of the infield against the left-handed Odor. Santana cut in front of Hernandez but didn’t field the ball. The confusion resulted in Hernandez being charged with an error. UP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP David Price) at Reds (RHP Sonny Gray), Monday, noon, Goodyear Park, SportsNet LA, 570 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more