Badgers fend off Buckeyes, 72-69
Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. — Kammron Taylor scored 25 points and No. 3 Wisconsin survived a late charge by Greg Oden and No. 5 Ohio State to hold on for a 72-69 victory Tuesday night.
The Badgers (16-1, 2-0 Big Ten) used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to apparently take control in an early season matchup of conference favorites.
But the Buckeyes rallied to close within 69-64 on a dunk by Oden with 37 seconds remaining.
Taylor then made one of two free throws on the other end, and the Buckeyes' Ron Lewis hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three with 25 seconds left.
Joe Krabbenhoft hit one of two free throws for Wisconsin, and Oden again scored on a dunk with 8.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 71-69.
After Taylor again hit one of two free throws, Jamar Butler missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Alando Tucker added 17 points for the Badgers, who are 13-2 against ranked teams and 40-2 in conference home games under coach Bo Ryan.
Ivan Harris led Ohio State with 17 points.
It was another rough road outing against a highly ranked opponent for Ohio State's heralded freshmen.
The Buckeyes lost 98-89 at then-No. 7 and current No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 29, and fell 86-60 and then No. 5 and current No. 2 Florida on Dec. 23.
No. 14 ALABAMA 71, No. 13 LSU 61
Richard Hendrix scored 18 points and host Alabama took advantage of cold shooting by LSU for a 71-61.
Rebounding from a 27-point loss at Arkansas on Saturday, the Crimson Tide (14-2, 1-1 SEC) held the Tigers to just 35 percent shooting and led by nine points at halftime.
LSU (11-4), playing in its SEC opener, had a five-game winning streak snapped despite a big performance from an ailing Glen Davis.
Playing with sore ribs and right knee from a two-car accident after Saturday night's win over No. 24 Connecticut, Davis had 24 points and 17 rebounds.
He clutched his side in pain frequently during the game and stayed on the ground for several seconds after a foul at one point.
Alonzo Gee added 15 points, all in the first half, for Alabama and was 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Jermareo Davidson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Crimson Tide and Mykal Riley added 12 points.
NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 61, BAYLOR 51
Acie Law IV had 20 points to lead visiting Texas A&M to its seventh straight victory.
Joseph Jones had six points and three rebounds in the stretch that finally put the Aggies (14-2, 2-0 Big 12) ahead for good with 10 minutes left.
Texas A&M's second seven-game winning streak of the season has come since consecutive losses to No. 13 LSU and No. 4 UCLA. The Aggies are off to their best start since opening 16-2 in 1959-60.
Kevin Rogers had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Baylor (10-5, 0-2), which has lost 25 straight games against ranked teams since a win at Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2003.
NO. 17 CLEMSON 87, NORTH CAROLINA ST. 76
Vernon Hamilton scored 21 points and visiting Clemson matched the best start in school history and remained the only unbeaten team in Division I.
The Tigers (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot nearly 56 percent and used a 15-3 run which bridged halftime to equal the school records for best start and longest winning streak.
K.C. Rivers and James Mays both added 16 points for Clemson, which also started 17-0 in 1986-87.
Gavin Grant had 22 points and Ben McCauley added 15 for outmanned N.C. State (10-6, 0-3), which lost its second straight since a three-game winning streak against non-conference foes.
The Wolfpack opened ACC play with three losses for the first time since 1999-2000, when they went on to finish 5-11 in the conference.
NO. 22 NOTRE DAME 61, NO. 21 WEST VIRGINIA 58
Russell Carter scored 19 points and host Notre Dame rebounded from its biggest loss in seven seasons under coach Mike Brey.
Luke Harangody made two free throws for the Irish (14-2, 2-1 Big East) and Carter scored on a 10-foot baseline jumper for a 59-53 lead. The Mountaineers (13-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 61-58 on a 3-pointer by Frank Young with 5 seconds left.
But after Rob Kurz missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Young raced up the right side of the court with Carter beside him and couldn't get the shot off as the Mountaineers saw their eight-game winning streak end.
Alex Ruoff led West Virginia with 14 points and Young added 13 for the Mountaineers, who shot 37.7 percent, their second-worst outing this season.
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