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Wisconsin comes from behind for tight win over Nicholls

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Dec 4, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard directs his team during the game with the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard directs his team during the game with the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Davison scored 19 points and Tyler Wahl added 12 as Wisconsin rallied for a 71-68 nonconference victory over Nicholls on Wednesday night in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin (9-2), which rallied from 22 points down to beat Indiana last week, overcame a 12-point, second-half deficit and then held off the Colonels (7-4) in the final minute.

Ty Gordon’s layup put the Colonels up 42-30, but Wisconsin rallied with a 15-0 run, going in front 51-46 on Davison’s 3-pointer with just under 11 minutes left. Jahcobi Neath’s putback put Wisconsin in front 66-59 with 2:25 remaining.

Gordon’s 3-pointer from the top left made it 70-68 with 9.8 seconds remaining. Davison then hit the 1 of 2 free throws to make it 71-68.

Gordon missed a 3-point attempt from the right corner with three seconds left. Nicholls’ Manny Littles subsequently missed two free throws with 1.5 remaining.

Gordon had 26 points and Devante Carter 15 for the Colonels. Littles grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

Wisconsin, which dropped out of the Top 25 after a Saturday loss at then-No. 21 Ohio State, was without Johnny Davis, its leading scorer (20.9 points per game) and rebounder (6.1 per game), who was sidelined with a non-COVID illness.

The Badgers improved to 10-0 all-time against Southland Conference teams.

Two other Nicholls losses this season were to Power 5 teams, now top-ranked Baylor, 89-60, and TCU, 63-50.

The Colonels shot 56.7 percent in the first half, with 11 of its 17 field goals coming on layups, for a 37-28 lead at the break. Nicholls had a 22-10 advantage on points in the points and outrebounded the Badgers 20-12 prior to halftime.

Nicholls hit 11 of its first 17 shots en route to a 23-17 lead. Wisconsin, which shot just 33 percent in the 73-55 defeat against the Buckeyes, made just two of its first 13 shots.

The Badgers wound up shooting 43.6 percent from the floor to the Colonels’ 48.4 percent. The difference came at the foul line, where Wisconsin was 17 of 27 and Nicholls was 3 of 8.

–Field Level Media