MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Winthrop put on a 3-point shooting display
unlike anything Wisconsin (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) had seen before.
But it was the one the Eagles missed that allowed the Badgers to
Winthrop's Torrell Martin hit seven 3-pointers but missed one at
the end of regulation, and Wisconsin used a 10-2 run in overtime to
escape with an 82-79 victory Monday night.
"I had a great shot," Martin said. "I just didn't knock the
shot down. It was about as open as I could get. I just didn't
Wisconsin (8-1) led by as many as 13 points in the second half,
but couldn't find a way to shake Winthrop (6-3), which shot 55
percent and was 15-of-25 from 3-point range.
The Badgers also shot just 6-of-25 from behind the 3-point line.
But they also outrebounded Winthrop 40-18 and were able to come up
with several key rebounds in the waning seconds of overtime.
The Badgers' Michael Flowers, who scored a career-high 21
points, tied the game at 65 after a put back with 10.6 seconds
left, the fourth shot Wisconsin got off in the final 35 seconds of
"What won that game tonight was not field goal percentage but
hustle opportunities," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "The real
key was us getting on the glass. There's no two ways about it."
It also helped that Wisconsin was 24-of-34 from the foul line,
while Winthrop was 6-of-10.
Wisconsin then held off one last charge from Winthrop that
included two more 3s.
Martin led the Eagles with 31 points.
"It was like throwing a rock in the ocean. They were just
falling," Tucker said of Martin's performance. "But you just have
to stick with that, and we got to the free throw line."
The 15 3-pointers Winthrop made were the most by any Wisconsin
opponent, topping the 14 Indiana scored in 2001. It also tied a
record for Wisconsin's Kohl Center, while Martin's seven 3s tied
the individual mark for the arena.
Winthrop played without point guard Chris Gaynor, sidelined by a
toe injury. DeAndre Adams started in place of Gaynor, but committed
two early fouls and spent much of the first half on the bench. That
forced Winthrop to go to walk-on freshman Kyle Moore, who averaged
five minutes a game coming in.
Moore was 3-of-3 from 3-point range and had four assists,
equaling Gaynor's season averages in both categories.
While praising Moore for his play off the bench, Winthrop coach
Gregg Marshall also noted he was in position to grab a rebound on
Wisconsin's last possession in regulation that could have sealed
the win for the Eagles.
"I'm not going to in any way diminish the effort and the poise
and just the overall game that we played," Marshall said. "We
just couldn't get a rebound."