Nigel Hayes finally looked like an All-American.Unfortunately for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, they needed him to be a superhero Wednesday night.While the junior forward looked absolutely unstoppable at times, Hayes’s 32 points were simply not enough to avoid the upset, as the Badgers were unable to hold off UW-Milwaukee, losing 68-67 after a Bronson Koenig three-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.It was a tale of two halves, as the Badgers came out active and aggressive in the first period, starting the game on a 12-3 run as a product of good outside and determined offensive rebounding.And while the Badgers were unable to really extend their lead, they didn’t let the Panthers crawl back into the game, as they never held a lead under nine points after that moment in the first 20 minutes. At the end of the half, Wisconsin had a comfortable 40-29 lead.A big part of that was Wisconsin’s work on the defensive end, as they allowed UWM to shoot just 29.6 percent from the field and limited their second-chance opportunities. The Badgers ended the half winning the rebound margin 25-13.The second half was a different story, as it was UWM that came out hot, opening the half on a quick 7-0 run. The Badgers lacked the urgency and aggressive play they had to start the first half.“We said that in the locker room at halftime, that the first four minutes of the second half would determine the rest of the game,” Hayes said. “We didn’t come out with a big enough sense of urgency.”But it didn’t take long for Wisconsin to counter, as a Hayes layup and an Ethan Happ dunk brought Wisconsin’s league back to eight and set off what would be a 9-2 run for UW.That dunk gave Happ his fourth double-double of the season with 15:45 still left to play in the game — he finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds — and the Badgers appeared to have regained control of the game after a 9-2 run.But the Panthers would storm back again. This time, even stronger than before, as an 8-0 run brought UWM to within two with around nine minutes remaining, and the Badgers were hanging on for dear life, a situation Hayes said the team was in because they failed to execute a scouting report.“We did not do our job well enough for our coaches who work extremely hard to give us the recipes for wins,” Hayes said. “When you don’t execute, this is what happens.”What happened was with just over three minutes remaining, the Panthers had tied the game, and just a minute later, they had taken the lead, a lead they would hold on to until the final buzzer sounded.UWM road on the coattails of starting point guard Jordan Johnson, who scored a team-high 22 points and dished out four assists in 39 minutes.“[Johnson] was fabulous tonight,” UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. “He really attacked the rim and aligned the giants and really made some plays for us.”Forward and leading scorer Matt Tiby also performed admirably, recording a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes.But despite Milwaukee’s efforts, the Badgers still had one more chance, as they were only down one point following a Koenig triple. On the ensuing inbounds play, UWM was called for a travel after J.J. Panoske mishandled the inbounds pass.Wisconsin was unable to take advantage, as Koenig, who finished with 16 points on a poor 5-of-16 shooting from the field, could not be the hero for a second time in a row, and UWM pulled off the unthinkable.“We were in the double bonus,” Koenig said. “I probably should have drove and got some contact and got to the line.”The Badgers have a quick turnaround, as another in-state rival in Marquette comes to the Kohl Center Saturday with tip-off set for 12:30 p.m.
Next Game: Drake (5-4) was led in scoring by two of its local student-athletes as freshman Hannah Fuller (West Des Moines, Iowa) and sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) each scored 18 points. Fuller’s total is a career-high for the West Des Moines Valley product while Hittner from Dowling Catholic recorded 18 points for the second consecutive game. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team cruised past Iowa Wesleyan, 102-25, in the program’s annual Pack the Knapp for Character presented by the YMCA of Greater Des Moines game. More than 4,000 Des Moines and local area elementary and middle school students filled the stands for a fun morning of basketball, educational and fun activities. Total attendance was a season-high 4,615 fans. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) nearly recorded a triple double with nine points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Rose filled the stat sheet with nine rebounds, four assists and steals and two blocks. Senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) and freshman Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) each scored nine points. Following Tuesday’s game, Drake will welcome Nebraska on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest at the Knapp Center. The game is part of a holiday doubleheader with the Drake men’s basketball team, which will host Omaha at 5 p.m. The games will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Nebraska 12/9/2017 – 2 PM Monahan scored the game’s first points 24 seconds in as the Bulldogs never trailed. Iowa Wesleyan (0-8) didn’t score until just over four minutes and finished with just three points in the opening quarter, 37-3. The three points are a program-low for a quarter by an opponent. Story Links Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Joining Fuller and Hittner in double figures was sophomore Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 13 points, freshman Katie Van Scyoc (Green Lake, Wis.) equaled her career-high with 11 points and junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 10 points. HTML Box Score Photo Gallery PDF Box Score Drake, which came into the game as one of the top passing teams in the country in average assists per game at 21.3, recorded 33 assists on 38 field goals. Six Bulldogs finished with three or more assists. Drake knocked down 13-of-25 (52.0 percent) three-pointer, pulled down 42 rebounds and forced 30 turnovers.