Badgers win 3rd straight over ranked team
Brad Davison hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left after getting a steal and Wisconsin upset No. 17 Maryland 56-54 on Tuesday night to pick up their third straight victory against a ranked opponent.
Davison finished with 14 points and Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter added 17 and 14 to lead the Badgers (11-6, 4-2 Big Ten), who now have beaten then-No.. 5 Ohio State and then-No. 20 Penn State.
Jalen Smith scored 18 and Anthony Cowan Jr. had 16 for the Terrapins (13-4, 3-3) who have now lost two straight after winning three and a row. Maryland suffered an 18-point defeat Friday at Iowa.
Trailing 54-51 with 1:31 to go, Reuvers made a jumper to bring the Badgers within one. Davison then stole the ball, called a timeout and then sunk a 3 to put the Badgers up 56-54 with 11 seconds to play.
After a timeout by Maryland, a 3-point attempt by Cowan clanked off the rim and Wisconsin escaped with the victory.
Cowan, who averaged 17.8 point and 3.5 assists in his four previous games against the Badgers, scored nine in the second half but it wasn't enough. He now has scored at least 16 points in 10 of his last 13 games.
Cowan and Smith scored the first baskets of the night for Maryland, but Wisconsin countered with a 9-0 run. The Badgers led by as many as eight in the first half and took a 30-25 advantage into the half. The Terrapins shot 36% (9-for-25) from the field before intermission. Potter and Reuvers each had nine points in the first half.
Maryland must pick up the pieces quickly. The Terrapins head back home to take on a Purdue team that defeated No. 15 Michigan State 71-42 on Saturday.
Wisconsin now leads the all-time series with Maryland 10-6, including a 5-1 mark against the Terrapins at home.
Maryland: Hosts Purdue on Saturday.
Wisconsin: At No. 15 Michigan State on Friday.