There was a stretch early in the second half where No. 23 Ohio State looked like it would threaten to tie or take the lead against sixth-ranked Wisconsin.But then the Badgers played perhaps their best display of basketball all season.Once Ohio State closed Wisconsin’s lead down to 46-39 just over midway through the second half, the Badgers responded with fury, racking up a 16-0 run to dominate the Buckeyes in their regular season finale 72-48 Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.Earlier in the second half Wisconsin (28-3, 16-2 Big Ten) pushed its lead to 17 at 44-27 with 18:05 left in the game after a Nigel Hayes three. Ohio State (22-9, 11-7 Big Ten) then cut that lead to just seven points after a 12-2 run. It was the closest Ohio State had been since the 11:16 mark in the first half.But Wisconsin quickly put an end to any hope the Buckeyes had of coming back to pull off the upset. Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig hit back-to-back threes for Wisconsin to put its lead back to 13. The second three came after the Badgers hauled in three straight offensive rebounds on one possession.After Koenig’s second three-pointer, the Badgers scored the next 10 points of the game and stretched their lead to 23 at 62-39 with 7:28 remaining in the game. The 23-point deficit was the largest of the season for the Buckeyes.Kaminsky finished the game with a game-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The National Player of the Year candidate also recorded five rebounds and three assists. Koenig finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Junior forward Sam Dekker chipped in 10 points for Wisconsin with eight rebounds.The Badgers shot 50 percent as a team, going 31-of-62 overall and 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from three. It was the third-straight game that Wisconsin has shot at least 50 percent overall.Ohio State’s stellar freshman D’Angelo Russell scored a team-high 17 points for the Buckeyes while Jae’Sean Tate (13) and Shannon Scott (10) rounded out the Ohio State players in double-figures.The Buckeyes shot just 34 percent overall and only 20 percent from three.In the first half, eight players scored for Wisconsin, with Kaminsky leading the way with a game-high eight points. He also added four rebounds, two assists and a steal.Duje Dukan came off the bench and had seven first half points on 3-of-6 shooting for Wisconsin. It was the most points the senior forward had scored in a game since he had eight against Iowa on Jan. 20.Sophomore forward Vitto Brown added four points and redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter contributed three to give the Badgers some much needed bench scoring, while Kaminsky sat out after picking up a foul. Wisconsin’s 12 bench points in the first half were more than the bench had scored in the last five games combined (11).Dukan, Brown and Showalter helped Wisconsin go on a 21-7 run to pull ahead 28-12 – its largest lead of the game at the time – with 8:29 left in the first half before taking a 37-23 advantage at halftime.The Badgers shot over 50 percent (15-of-29) in the opening half while Ohio State shot just 28.6 percent (8-of-38). Russell was held to only five points on 2-of-8 shooting in the first half.Wisconsin will now enter postseason play with the Big Ten tournament beginning Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. The Badgers, having already clinched the number one seed in the tournament after a road win at Minnesota Thursday, will play the winner of Illinois and Michigan Friday at 11 a.m.
1 May 2013 England beaten narrowly in Spain England’s men suffered only their second ever defeat to Spain in the biannual international when they lost narrowly 12½ – 11½ at El Prat over the weekend. Although they closed the opening day a point behind, a repeat of the 2005 loss at Puerta de Hierro looked unlikely after the second day foursomes which England won 3-1. With the top four second series of singles shared, England required to win two of the remaining four to continue their winning run against the Spanish. But only Nathan Kimsey emerged victorious as Spain collected three more successes to edge over the line. Jordan Smith from Wiltshire was England’s most successful player, winning all four of his games, while Surrey’s Josh White gained three points, losing only his final day single. Results Day One foursomes: Spain 2 England 2. Singles: Spain 4½ England 3½. Result: Spain 6½ England 5½ Day Two foursomes: Spain 1 England 3. Singles: Spain 5 England 3. Result: Spain 12½ England 11½
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Capitol Land TrustToday, the Washington State House of Representatives Capital Budget Committee released its proposed budget which will dedicate $8.2 million from the Capital Budget for a suite of habitat protection and restoration projects in coastal counties as well as Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties. The Washington Coast Restoration Initiative (WCRI) will bring sustainable, family-wage jobs to dozens of small, rural communities from Neah Bay to the mouth of the Columbia and inland as far as Thurston County.“This is the time to invest in the future of rural Washington,” said Amanda Reed, executive director of the Capitol Land Trust. “When we fund restoration projects, we get a win-win: local jobs today, and healthy rivers and forests that will sustain our economy over the long-term.”Washington’s coastal economy and culture are built on its forests, rivers, and marine waters, but a lack of consistent funding has undermined progress of ongoing protection and restoration needs. The WCRI package will leverage $6 million in existing federal, state and private resources to pay for 33 restoration projects that will benefit both residents and the natural resources that provide local jobs. The Coast continues to experience the highest unemployment in the state, which is still over 10% in some counties. Restoration projects create more jobs than other types of construction sector projects. Ninety cents of every dollar spent on restoration stays inside the state, and 80 cents of every dollar stays within the county where a project is located.Capitol Land Trust has put forward two large projects in Thurston County as part of the WCRI package. These projects would restore over 400 acres in the Black River watershed, including 3 miles along the Black River and its tributaries Mima, Darlin and Dempsey creeks near Capitol State Forest. Restoration work would support 10 full time jobs and many local contractors, and improve spawning grounds for steelhead, cutthroat trout, Chinook and coho salmon. Both private lands and lands already conserved using county, state, and federal conservation funding sources would be restored. For these reasons this initiative has received strong support by all three Thurston County Commissioners.The WCRI has gained widespread support from the fishing industry, coastal tribes, watershed groups, the conservation community, local government, state and federal agencies. The coastal coalition has developed a comprehensive database of restoration and sustainable job needs that will be matched to high priority projects to restore forests, water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. The projects will provide well-paying jobs to local people while improving the health of natural resources to ensure sustainable employment in the future.“Today’s proposed budget is a critical step toward preserving the commercial, recreational, and ecological value of coastal lands and waters while strengthening one of the most diverse economies of the state,” said Mike Stevens, Washington state director of The Nature Conservancy.“A big shout-out goes to Representatives Dan Griffey, Drew MacEwen, Richard DeBolt, and Ed Orcutt who were instrumental in getting support for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the House,” said Reed. “They have set the tone for the Senate to vote in support of strong rural communities and economies, and healthy forests and rivers.”The Senate will take up the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the coming weeks. The coalition is looking to the Senate to fully fund the Initiative at the original budget request of $15 million.For more information on the WCRI program, click here.