(12) Maryland 64

(3-1, 0-1 away)

(25) Wisconsin 69

(3-1, 3-0 home)

    9:30 PM ET, November 30, 2004

    Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

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    #12MD 32 3264
    #25WIS 38 3169

    Top Performers

    Maryland: E. Ibekwe 21 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Wisconsin: A. Tucker 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wisconsin wins 31st straight at home

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Alando Tucker and the Wisconsin Badgers wanted to make sure people didn't get the wrong impression about their embarrassing loss at Pepperdine last week.

    "This was a statement game," Tucker said Tuesday night after he scored a career-high 27 points to lead Wisconsin (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) past No. 12 Maryland 69-64 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. "There were probably a lot of doubts out there that we were a strong team."

    Sharif Chambliss added 15 points and Zach Morley had 12 for the Badgers (3-1), who won their 31st straight home game. That ties Stephen F. Austin for the longest current Division I home winning streak.

    All of Morley's points came over the final 7:40 and included three free throws in the final 16 seconds.

    "I'm pretty excited," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, whose team bounced back from the 75-61 loss to Pepperdine in which it committed 23 turnovers. "I like the way we responded tonight after Saturday's game."

    Ekene Ibekwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Maryland (3-1), while Chris McCray added 14 points and Travis Garrison had 11.

    But Nik Caner-Medley, Maryland's leading scorer entering the game, was 2-of-9 from the field and finished with seven points.

    Worse yet for the Terrapins, point guard John Gilchrist was 2-of-14 from the field and finished with just six points. Gilchrist didn't score in the second half and made his only two field goals in the first 3 minutes of the game.

    "He's been a big player down the stretch in games for us his whole career," Maryland coach Gary Williams said of Gilchrist. "I'm sure this was just one of those nights."

    The Terrapins also couldn't find a way to stop Tucker, who was 8-of-14 from the field and helped Wisconsin enjoy a huge edge from the free-throw line. Tucker was 11-of-15 from the line for the Badgers, who made 21-of-30 compared to 7-of-13 by Maryland.

    "He's really quick," Williams said of Tucker, who scored 20 points in the first half, including 16 of Wisconsin's first 20. "I thought at times we had some good defensive players on him, but he still got where he could get fouled and he did a heck of a job."

    But Tucker needed help -- and he got it from Chambliss and Morley.

    Led by Chambliss, Wisconsin's bench outscored Maryland's 26-5.

    Morley, meanwhile, gave the Badgers the lead for good with 7:40 remaining in the game with a putback that made it 50-48.

    Wisconsin seemed to have the game in control after Morley scored with 36 seconds left to make it 66-59, but Maryland got a basket from Ibekwe and a 3-pointer from Caner-Medley to pull within two with 21 seconds remaining.

    Morley hit one free throw with 16 seconds left to make it 67-64. Maryland had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments, but Chambliss stripped Caner-Medley on his way up for a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining.

    Morley grabbed the loose ball and hit two free throws with 3 seconds left to seal the victory.

    Wisconsin's last loss at the Kohl Center came on Dec. 4, 2002, when Wake Forest beat the Badgers 90-80 in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 69
    FG Made-Attempted 26-61 (.426) 22-55 (.400)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-16 (.313) 4-20 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 21-30 (.700)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 11

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