WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Jackson's jumper at the buzzer lifts Wisconsin over Michigan State
Traevon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper with two-point-one seconds left to give Wisconsin a 60-to-58 home upset of ninth-ranked Michigan State yesterday. It gave Bo Ryan's team back-to-back wins for the first time since early January, and it ended the Badgers' three-game losing streak at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin led by eight at the half, as the Spartans shot only 32-percent in the first 20 minutes. The Badgers led by as many as 10 in the second half before Adreian Payne tied the game for Michigan State with a three-pointer with eight-point-seven seconds left. After Jackson's final basket, Denzel Valentine heaved a half-court shot at the buzzer that would have won the game for Michigan State. It hit the right side of the rim, and bounced away as the Badgers ended five straight losses to the Spartans. Payne scored 24 points for Michigan State, which was without point Keith Appling for a second straight game with an injured right wrist. The Big Ten-leading Spartans dropped to 9-and-2 in conference play and 20-and-4 overall. Nigel Hayes scored 14 and Jackson had eight assists as Wisconsin improved to 6-and-5 in the conference and 19-and-5 overall. The Badgers will host Minnesota on Thursday night.
Larry Sanders is listed as questionable for the Milwaukee Bucks when they host Boston tonight. The Bucks' starting center was elbowed in the eye while going for a rebound with James Harden of Houston on Saturday night. He only played about five minutes, as he suffered blurred vision. Sanders said after the game he had trouble with his side-to-side vision -- but he hoped to return soon. Also, Bucks' forward Ersan Ilyasova is questionable for tonight. He's been out with back spasms. The Bucks are 9-and-41 with a two-game losing streak. They'll face a Celtics team that's 18-and-34.
Sixteen athletes with ties to Wisconsin were gearing up for Olympic action early today in Sochi. Yesterday, Jilleanne Rookard, formerly of West Allis, finished 10th in the women's three-thousand-meter speed-skating event. Six more Wisconsin speed-skaters were competing early this morning. Hales Corners native Alyson Dudek and West Allis trainee Jessica Smith were to make their first runs in the women's 500-meter short track heats. Janesville native Tucker Fredricks and Waukesha high school grad Mitchell Whitmore were opening competition in the men's 500 speed-skating event, along with two others who train in West Allis -- Shani Davis and Brian Hansen. The U-S women's hockey team was playing Switzerland overnight in its second game of the Sochi Olympics, after beating Finland on Saturday. Former Badgers Hilary Knight, Jessie Vetter, Meghan Duggan, and Brianna Decker skate for Team U-S-A -- along with Madison native Amanda Kessel. Ex-Badger Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid is playing for Canada in a women's hockey contest against Finland at mid-day today. In curling, Debbie McCormick of Rio and Erika Brown of Madison lead team U-S-A into a match against Switzerland, with U-W Oshkosh grad Allison Pottinger as an alternate. Craig Brown of Madison is an alternate for the U-S men's curling squad, which plays Norway today.
In the American Hockey League, the Milwaukee Admirals lost at home to Chicago last evening, 4-to-3 in a shootout. The Admirals blew 3-to-1 lead early in the third period. Cade Fairchild sent the game to overtime by scoring for the Wolves with 12:34 left. Miikka Salomaki, Patrick Cehlin, and Kevin Henderson scored in regulation for Milwaukee -- but the Admirals were blanked in the shootout as their lost their sixth overtime game and fifth shootout. Milwaukee enters the A-H-L All-Star break in third place in the Midwest Division, four points behind second-place Chicago.
The Milwaukee Wave won its fifth straight Major Indoor Soccer League game yesterday, 15-to-7 at Rochester of New York. Ian Bennett scored with three-point-three seconds left in the first half to tie the game at the break. Milwaukee took control in the third period with four unanswered goals. Bennett scored four times, as the Wave improved to 13-and-2 in the M-I-S-L. Rochester fell to 5-and-11.