Brust’s late hero­ics spark Badgers past No. 3 Wolver­ines

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

When Ben Brust tied the game at the end of reg­u­la­tion with a shot from just in­side mid­court, his team­mate Mike Brue­se­witz looked over at Wis­con­sin Coach Bo Ryan and saw some­thing un­usual.

His coach had both his arms in the air.

“You know when he shows some emo­tion, you’ve done some­thing pretty spe­cial,” Brue­se­witz said.

Brust later hit a tie-break­ing three-pointer with less than 40 sec­onds left in over­time as the Badgers beat No. 3 Michi­gan, 65-62, on Satur­day in Madi­son, Wis.

“It was awe­some, some­thing I’ ll re­mem­ber for­ever, and I’m sure a lot of peo­ple will,” Brust said.

The Wolver­ines be­came the third top three team to lose this week as No. 1 In­di­ana lost to Illi­nois and No. 2 Florida was beaten by Arkansas.

Brust’s shot at the end of reg­u­la­tion was a dra­matic turn of events for Wis­con­sin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) and a soul crusher for Michi­gan (21-3, 8-3).

Just mo­ments ear­lier, Tim Har­d­away Jr. hit a con­tested three-pointer to put the Wolver­ines up 60-57 with less than three sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion.

Fol­low­ing a timeout, Brue­se­witz passed up his first op­tion in the in­bounds play and hit Brust in stride. The guard took one drib­ble across half-court and launched the shot, which hit noth­ing but net.

Ryan said the play was drawn up to see how Michi­gan de­fended the first cut­ter. Brust read the de­fense and re­acted.

“The best thing was Mike’s pass on the dime on the run, didn’t have to reach back for it, able to catch it all in one mo­tion,” Ryan said.

Michi­gan still had fouls to give be­fore the shot, and Coach John Beilein said the or­der coming out of the timeout was to foul. He also put Caris LeV­ert on Brust to bol­ster the de­fense.

“We were def­i­nitely foul­ing, wanted to keep ev­ery­one in front of us and [Brust] turned the cor­ner on [LeV­ert] just enough that he couldn’t foul him,” Beilein said. “I thought we had them once they couldn’t get their ini­tial guy.

“With Caris’s quick­ness, we thought he could get there, but he didn’t.”

For all the fire­works in the fi­nal three sec­onds, the teams only man­aged seven points in over­time, in­clud­ing Brust’s win­ning three-pointer.

Fol­low­ing Brust’s shot, Har­d­away couldn’t con­nect on his drive to the hoop on the next Michi­gan pos­ses­sion, and Glenn Robin­son III fouled Jared Berggren on the re­bound.

The Wolver­ines went to a full­court press with two more fouls to give. But the Badgers broke the press, and Michi­gan had to foul twice more to fi­nally put Ryan Evans on the foul line.

Evans, who shoots less than 43 per­cent from the line, missed the front end of a one-and-one, but the Wolver­ines came up empty on a rushed fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

Brust scored 14 points for the Badgers, while Berggren added 13 and eight re­bounds.

Burke scored 19 points and Har­d­away 18 for Michi­gan.

OK­LA­HOMA 72, KANSAS 66: Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and the host Soon­ers held off the fifth-ranked Jay­hawks to sad­dle Kansas with its first three-game los­ing streak in eight years.

Ok­la­homa (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) snapped a 10-game los­ing streak in the se­ries. Je’lon Horn­beak went 4 for 6 at the foul line in the fi­nal minute, enough to keep the Jay­hawks (19-4, 7-3) at bay.

Ben McLe­more scored 15 points for Kansas.

FLORIDA 83, MIS­SIS­SIPPI ST. 58: Mike Rosario scored 18 points and Erik Murphy added 17 to pace the sec­ond-ranked Ga­tors (19-3, 9-1 South­east­ern) to an easy win at home. The Bulldogs fell to 7-15, 2-8.

MI­AMI 87, NORTH CAROLINA 61: In Co­ral Gables, Fla., the eighth-ranked Hur­ri­canes tied a school record with 15 three-point­ers in stretch­ing their win­ning streak to 11 games.

Shane Larkin had 18 points and nine as­sists for Mi­ami (19-3, 10- 0 ACC). Reg­gie Bul­lock scored 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4).

PITT 62, CINCIN­NATI 52: Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that vaulted the vis­it­ing No. 23 Pan­thers over the No. 17 Bearcats.

Pitts­burgh (20-5, 8-4) has won seven of its last eight over­all and four of five on the road.

Woodall hit a pair of free throws and a three-pointer dur­ing a 7-0 run that put the Pan­thers ahead to stay with 3:21 left. Cincin­nati (18-6, 6-5) was held with­out a field goal over the fi­nal 9:21. Sean Kil­patrick led the Bearcats with 16 points.

GON­ZAGA 74, LOY­OLA MARY­MOUNT 55: Kevin Pan­gos and Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points apiece to lead the No. 6 Zags to an easy win at home.

Elias Har­ris added 16 points and 10 re­bounds for Gon­zaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast). An­thony Ire­land scored 30 points for the Lions (8-16, 1-10), who have lost eight in a row over­all and 23 straight times in Spokane, Wash.

MICHI­GAN ST. 78, PUR­DUE 65: Bran­den Daw­son scored 20 points and Keith Ap­pling added 17, lead­ing the No. 12 Spar­tans to vic­tory in West Lafayette, Ind.

Michi­gan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) has won nine of its last 10 games. Terone John­son scored 20 points for the Boil­er­mak­ers (12-12, 5-6), who have lost four of their last five games.

KANSAS ST. 79, IOWA ST. 70: Rod­ney McGruder scored 22 points and An­gel Rodriguez added 20 as the No. 13 Wild­cats (19-4, 8-2) took sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the Big 12. Korie Lu­cious had 16 points for the vis­it­ing Cy­clones (16-7, 6-4).

MIS­SOURI 98, MIS­SIS­SIPPI 79: Se­nior Alex Ori­akhi had a ca­reer-high 22 points to go with 18 re­bounds and three blocks to power the No. 21 Tigers at home.

Phil Pressey had four as­sists to break An­thony Peeler’s ca­reer school record and scored 22 points for Mis­souri (17- 6, 6-4 SEC). The Rebels (18-5, 7-3) were out­re­bounded, 50-32.

OK­LA­HOMA ST. 72, TEXAS 59: In Austin, Mar­cus Smart scored 23 points and the No. 22 Cow­boys cruised to their fifth straight win.

Markel Brown added 17 points for Ok­la­homa State (17-5, 7-3 Big 12). Ioan­nis Pa­pa­petrou scored 15 points for the Longhorns (10-13, 2-8).

MAR­QUETTE 89, DEPAUL 78: Van­der Blue scored 18 points and Ju­nior Cadougan added 17 as the No. 24 Golden Ea­gles beat the Blue De­mons in Mil­wau­kee.

Mar­quette (17-5, 8-2) moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syra­cuse for first in the Big East. Bran­don Young had 21 points for DePaul (10-13, 1-9), which has lost eight in a row.

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Kenny Boyn­ton tries to evade Mis­sis­sippi State de­fender Fred Thomas dur­ing Florida’s 83-58 win.

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