Hoosiers Drop Second-Ranked Wisconsin, 71-66
Jan. 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A.J. Ratliff scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, including nine in the final five minutes, to help Indiana overcome a two-point halftime deficit and knock off No. 2 Wisconsin on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 71-66. The victory snapped the Badgers' 17-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
Ratliff's 3-pointer with 4:32 to play broke a 59-59 tie and gave Indiana (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten) a lead it would not relinquish. He followed the trey - his fourth of the night - with a layup with just under four minutes to play to stretch the Hoosier lead to five, but after both sides traded a pair of free throws, the Badgers' Marcus Landry got a layup to cut IU's lead to three at 66-63 with 1:56 left.
Ratliff again came through in the clutch, sandwiching a pair of free throws and a jumper around a Kammron Taylor 3 to push the Hoosier advantage to 70-66 with just 1:11 to play. Earl Calloway would add a free throw with eight seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
Down by three with just over 15 minutes to play, Indiana rattled off an 11-0 run to seize the momentum from the Badgers. Ratliff's 3-pointer from the wing tied the game at 40 with 14:51 to play, then D.J. White converted a three-point play with a monster dunk and a free throw, sending the capacity crowd to its feet. Calloway added a jumper in the lane, and Ratliff banged home another 3 to push the bulge to eight points with 11:41 to play.
Indiana's lead would swell to 10 at 53-43 on another Ratliff 3 at the 9:45 mark, but the Badgers (21-2, 7-1) started to methodically chip away at the Hoosier lead from there. Six different Badgers scored in a 16-6 run that drew the teams even at 59, with Michael Flowers netting five for Wisconsin during the spurt.
In a back-and-forth first half, Wisconsin led by six points at 13-7 before the Hoosiers erased the deficit with a 10-1 run to take a 17-14 lead on the strength of a pair of Mike White baskets. The lead would change hands again five times before the half, with neither team leading by more than three the rest of the way.
IU got a huge lift in the contest from its bench, which scored 30 points. Eight of the nine Hoosiers that saw action scored on the evening.
Ratliff's 20 points paced the Hoosiers while D.J. White had 16 points. Calloway posted nine points and Roderick Wilmont chipped in eight. Alando Tucker scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Badgers, while Taylor was also in double figures with 15.
Indiana shot 50.9 percent from the field (27-for-53) for the game, including a scorching 62.5 percent (15-for-24) in the second stanza. Wisconsin was 25-for-52 from the field (48.1 percent).
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Iowa. Opening tip in Iowa City is set for 2 p.m. EST.
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