Brust’s late heroics spark Badgers past No. 3 Wolverines
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.
Kenny Boynton tries to evade Mississippi State defender Fred Thomas during Florida’s 83-58 win.