Tyler Wahl scored a career-high 21 points, leading No. 23 Wisconsin to a 70-69 Big Ten win over Maryland on Sunday night in College Park, Md.
In winning its fifth straight, Wisconsin (13-2, 4-1) also got 19 points and seven rebounds from Johnny Davis. Steven Crowl added nine points and eight rebounds. Crowl’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:03 left gave the Badgers the lead for good at 60-57.
Wisconsin built an early 21-point lead with about eight minutes left in the first half, then lost it all, falling behind by three halfway through the second half before recovering down the stretch.
Maryland (8-7, 0-4) lost its third straight game, all in the conference. The Terps were led by Eric Ayala, who scored all 19 of his points in the second half. Fatts Russell added 13 points, including 11 in the second half, and six assists.
The last time Maryland started 0-4 in league play was the 1992-93 season, when it won only two conference games.
In the final 3:03, Wisconsin got elbow jumpers from Davis and Brad Davison, who finished with 11 points. Then, in the final 30 seconds, the Badgers helped sew it up at the free-throw line as Davison made 4 of 6 and Davis made a pair.
After Davison intentionally missed a foul shot with 3.9 seconds left, Maryland had a chance to win, but Ayala’s desperation heave from beyond the half-court line was off the mark.
Wisconsin scored the game’s first seven points and kept pouring it on. A 10-0 run, ignited by a 3-point play by Wahl and culminated by a 3-pointer from Brad Davison, put the Badgers up 29-8.
But substituting freely, Wisconsin went cold, failing to score over the next 5:57, and Maryland took advantage, getting 15 straight points.
Donta Scott made a 4-point play as he drew a foul while hitting a 3. Xavier Green provided the Terps a lift off the bench as he hit a 3-pointer and added a jumper that reduced the Badgers’ advantage to 29-23 with 3:16 left in the half.
-Field Level Media