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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: A 50-point second half lifts Wisconsin over Indiana

The Wisconsin men's basketball team scored 50 points in the second half last night to beat Indiana, 69-to-58 in Madison. The 14th-ranked Badgers trailed by 10 at the half. After the intermission, Wisconsin hit 13-of-21 shots from the floor -- including 6-of-11 from three-point-range. Both teams shot around 42-percent for the game, but Indiana only had three free throws on the night and made two. The Badgers had 24 free throw opportunities, and made all but two. The victory was the sixth-in-a-row for Wisconsin, which moved to within one game of second-place Michigan State in the Big Ten standings. Sam Dekker had 16 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots, as the Badgers improved to 10-and-5 in the Big Ten and 23-and-5 overall. Kevin Ferrell scored 24 for Indiana, which dropped to 5-and-9 in the conference and 15-and-12 overall. Wisconsin's next game is on Sunday at Penn State.

A defending champion went down to defeat last night in the opening round of the W-I-A-A boys' state high school basketball playoffs. Division-Five titlist Randolph fell to Rio (rye-oh) 44-to-29. Randolph was a Number-three seed this year, after winning state championships in two-of-the-three years that Division-Five has existed. There were a total of 23 upsets among the 160 games played throughout Wisconsin last evening. In Division-Four, 12th-seeded Menasha Saint Mary Central eliminated Number-five Reedsville 64-to-60 in double overtime. Four Number-10 seeds defeated seven-seeds. Those winners were River Ridge, Iowa Grant, Walworth Big Foot, and Wauwatosa East. There were nine mild upsets in which fifth-seeded teams eliminated Number-fours. Randolph was the only one of the five defending champs to play last night. The other four titlists had first-round byes, along with most Number-One seeds. Sixty-four teams are still alive in each division. The regionals resume on Friday night.

___________________ The U-W Milwaukee men's basketball team lost its regular season home finale to Illinois-Chicago last night, 80-to-58. The Flames snapped a 17-game losing streak, the second-longest active futility string in the N-C-A-A's Division-One. Milwaukee never led in this one. Illinois-Chicago jumped out to a 37-to-18 lead in the first half. The Panthers scored nine straight points to trail by 10 at the break, but U-I-C opened the second half with 10-to-1 run. Milwaukee never got closer than 17 after that. Kyle Kelm scored 12 points to lead U-W-M, which dropped to 6-and-9 in the Horizon League and 16-and-13 overall. Kelsey Barlow scored 23 points to give Illinois-Chicago its first conference victory after 14 losses. The Flames are now 6-and-23 overall. Milwaukee will end its regular season tomorrow night at Detroit, still with a chance to host a first-round game in the upcoming Horizon League tournament. Tonight, the Marquette women play at Saint John's.


There was a mild upset last night in the first round of the W-I-A-C women's basketball tournament. Fifth-seeded U-W Superior won at Stout, 86-to-81. Sally Linzmeier had 32 points, seven rebounds, and four steals for the Yellow-jackets. In the other first-round game, third-seeded Stevens Point eliminated Platteville at home, 77-to-61. Five Pointers scored in double figures, led by Alyssa Olp with 18. In tomorrow night's semi-finals, Stevens Point will play at second-seeded Oshkosh. And Superior will travel to Number-One Whitewater. The tournament title game will be on Saturday. The W-I-A-C men's tournament begins tonight with a pair of opening round contests. Third-seeded La Crosse hosts Oshkosh, and Number-four Platteville entertains Stout. _____________________

Wisconsin Lutheran won its 22nd straight women's basketball game last night. The top-seeded Warriors advanced to the championship game of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament with a 72-to-55 win over Madison Edgewood. Kristen Schulz had 19 points and 16 rebounds for Wisconsin Lutheran, which will host third-seeded Alverno in the tournament title game on Saturday. Alverno upset second-seeded Concordia-Wisconsin 74-to-64 in overtime. Jamie Hoernke scored 25 for Alverno. The N-A-C-C men's tournament resumes tonight with the semi-finals. Top-seeded Marian hosts Aurora. Third-seeded Lakeland is at home against Number-seven Madison Edgewood. ______________________

There will be a new champion in the W-I-A-A girls' state high school hockey tournament. Defending titlist Hayward lost in last night's sectionals, 3-to-nothing to River Falls. All three remaining Number-One seeds survived -- Green Bay East, D-C Everest, and Onalaska. Eight teams remain in one division for the girls' sectional finals on Friday and Saturday. In the boys' hockey sectionals, top-seeds Hudson and Wisconsin Rapids lost last night. Defending champion Eau Claire Memorial is still alive, after an 8-to-1 victory over Hayward. Five of the eight Number-One seeds are still competing -- Memorial, Green Bay Notre Dame, Verona, Wausau West, and Waukesha North. Sixteen boys' teams remain alive for the sectional finals on Saturday. ______________________

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer yesterday to give his team a 4-to-1 victory in the Milwaukee Brewers' intra-squad game at Spring Training in Phoenix. The game lasted three innings. Gomez homered off right-hander Brooks Hall in the opening frame. Also, Mitch Haniger -- a non-roster invitee -- homered in the third inning off David Goforth. Left-handeer Wei-Chung Wang struck out two and walked a pair in one inning of work, and right-hander Kevin Shackelford tossed a scoreless frame. The Brewers will open their Cactus League exhibition season tomorrow against the Oakland A's.