Hoosiers Fall to Wisconsin
March 6, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - No. 14/17 Wisconsin applied suffocating defense and answered every Indiana run with timely baskets of its own to claim a 70-52 win at Assembly Hall in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Badgers improved to 21-6 overall and 12-4 in Big Ten play, while the Hoosiers dipped to 13-14 overall and 7-9 in conference.
Guard Devin Harris was a one-man wrecking crew for the Badgers during the first half, draining four of his first five attempts from three-point range and scoring 16 of Wisconsin's first 22 points. He finished with 26 points, bolstered by 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range.
After spotting Indiana an 8-3 advantage in the early minutes, Wisconsin closed the half with a 30-10 run to go into the break with a 33-18 advantage, giving itself all the breathing room it would need. The Badger defense kept Indiana from getting good looks at the basket, limiting Indiana to 7-of-23 shooting in the first half (30.4 percent.)
With the two teams trading baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Badgers were able to keep the Hoosiers at arm's length. However, a pair of Marshall Strickland treys brought Indiana within single digits at 46-37. Harris then quieted the crowd with a three of his own before Ryan Tapak drilled another Indiana three to bring the score to 49-40.
The two teams traded baskets a couple more times before Wisconsin put together a 11-2 run to open up a 62-44 advantage with 3:25 remaining to seal the outcome.
Seniors A.J. Moye and George Leach led Indiana with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Bracey Wright finished with eight points.
Moye, Leach and Jason Stewart were presented with framed game jerseys prior to the game and were honored after the contest, as they played their final game in an Indiana uniform at Assembly Hall.
Saturday's game put a cap on the regular-season, with Indiana returning to action at the Big Ten Tournament played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis from March 11-14.
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