Wis­con­sin thwarts No. 22 Syra­cuse

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Ethan Happ had 24 points and 13 re­bounds, zone-bust­ing guard Bron­son Koenig scored 20 points and No. 17 Wis­con­sin beat No. 22 Syra­cuse 77-60 on Tues­day night.

MADI­SON, WIS. >> Ethan Happ had 24 points and 13 re­bounds, zone-bust­ing guard Bron­son Koenig scored 20 points and No. 17 Wis­con­sin beat No. 22 Syra­cuse 77-60 on Tues­day night.

Koenig, the sea­soned se­nior guard, was 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and the Badgers (6-2) shot 48 per­cent over­all (11 of 23) from be­hind the arc against the Or­ange’s 2-3 zone.

Wis­con­sin led by as much as 17 in the sec­ond half be­fore Syra­cuse (4-2) went on a 6-0 run capped by John Gil­lon’s layup with 11:25 left. Two Wis­con­sin turnovers in that span with Koenig on the bench gave Syra­cuse the open­ing.

Coach Greg Gard in­serted Koenig back in the game and the Badgers went on a 7-2 run to re­take a 16-point lead with 9:24 left.

An­drew White III led Syra­cuse with 14 points, but went score­less in the sec­ond half. Da­Juan Cole­man added 12 points.

With deft ball-han­dlers Happ and Nigel Hayes (nine points, 11 re­bounds, 10 as­sists) up front, Syra­cuse had a tough time guard­ing the Badgers with the zone.

The 6-foot-8 Hayes found open shoot­ers work­ing from the high post. Happ ex­pertly ma­neu­vered around de­fend­ers in the low post for trade­mark baseline layups. Koenig soft­ened up the zone from the perime­ter.

The Or­ange lost their sec­ond straight game af­ter fall­ing to South Carolina in New York on Satur­day.

Pitts­burgh 73, Mary­land 59

COL­LEGE PARK, MD. >> Jamel Ar­tis scored 15 of his 22 points in the de­ci­sive first half, and Pitts­burgh held off pre­vi­ously un­beaten Mary­land 73-59 Tues­day night in the ACC/Big Ten Chal­lenge.

The Pan­thers (6-1) shot 67 per­cent from the floor be­fore half­time, in­clud­ing 5 for 10 beyond the arc, and used a 25-4 run to turn a 1615 deficit into a 40-20 lead.

It was 51-26 with 15:45 re­main­ing be­fore Mary­land (7-1) closed to 63-55 with three min­utes left. But the Ter­rap­ins could not com­plete the come­back.

Com­ing off two come­from-be­hind wins in the Bar­clays Cen­ter Classic, Mary­land was vy­ing for its first 8-0 start in 10 years.

In­stead, the Ter­rap­ins ab­sorbed their worst home de­feat since fall­ing by 18 to Duke in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

Michael Young scored 25 and Cameron John­son added 11 for Pitts­burgh, which ex­tended its win­ning streak to four.

Melo Trim­ble led Mary­land with 13 points, but he missed 9 of 13 shots. The Terps shot 34 per­cent, com­mit­ted 14 turnovers and were out­re­bounded 38-36.

Pitts­burgh led 26-20 be­fore Ar­tis made a 3-point play, a 3-pointer and a layup to spark a 14-0 spurt that made it a 20-point game.

The Pan­thers ap­peared on their way to a blowout win be­fore los­ing their shoot­ing touch in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half. By then, how­ever, they had enough of a lead to make it to the fin­ish.

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