Wisconsin Shocks Duke, 73-69
Dec. 3, 2009
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Trevon Hughes scored 19 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and Wisconsin held on to beat No. 6 Duke 73-69 on Wednesday night, snapping the Blue Devils' perfect record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Badgers (5-1) never trailed and got a measure of payback against Duke (6-1) after being routed 82-58 two years ago in Durham, N.C. by ending the Blue Devils' 10-game winning streak in the annual event and the ACC's perfect record as well.
When Ohio State beat Florida State 77-64 in the final game, the Big Ten won the series for the first time, 6-5.
Kyle Singler scored 17 of his career-high 28 points in the first half and Andre Dawkins went 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the second half to finish with 12.
Duke cut Wisconsin's 11-point lead with just over 5 minutes left to 70-69 with 5.7 seconds to play on a tip-in by Singler.
But after Hughes hit two free throws to make it 72-69, Singler's inbounds pass to Jon Scheyer was too hard and skipped away. Jordan Taylor's free throw was the final margin.
Duke had led the nation in field goal percentage defense coming in and were allowing an average of 58.2 points in their first six games. But in the Blue Devils' first true road game, Hughes kept slashing the lane and when Duke gave him a little space, he'd hit 3-pointers.
Wisconsin went up 59-54 with 7:40 left when Hughes hit two free throws and the only thing that slowed the senior point guard was when he was inadvertently hit in the face with just under 6 minutes to play.
Hughes came back and hit a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim with 5:01 to go, giving the Badgers their biggest lead until Dawkins answered with three 3-pointers in a span of less than 2 minutes to cut the lead to 67-65.
But Duke never forced a tie in the closing moments, only cutting it to 70-69 on Singler's tap-in in the waning seconds.
Wisconsin improved to 123-10 at the Kohl Center under coach Bo Ryan and got 17 points and seven rebounds from Jon Leuer. Jason Bohannon added 10 points for the Badgers.
Duke, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, cut it to 53-52 on two free throws by Singler with just under 11 minutes to go, but Singler missed a 3-pointer moments later that would have tied it and Wisconsin opened up the 11-point lead.
Duke trailed 38-32 at halftime and it would have been much bigger if not for Singler, who hit floating one-handed shots in the lane with both his left and right hands on his way to 17 first-half points.
Singler hit his first six shots and finished 10 of 17 from the field. But the rest of the Blue Devils, who shot just 29.2 percent in a win over Connecticut on Friday, only hit 39 percent and Scheyer finished 2 of 7 with 10 points.