No. 15 Wisconsin 57, Ohio St. 42
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ No. 15 Wisconsin shook off the rust from an eight-day layoff and beat cold-shooting Ohio State 57-42 Wednesday night.
Roy Boone led the Badgers (12-4, 3-3 Big Ten) with 13 points despite 4-of-13 shooting and Brian Brown was the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 14 points even though he misfired on 12 of 15 shots.
The Buckeyes (12-7, 3-4) shot just 25 percent (11-of-44).
The Badgers won for the 10th straight time at home and handed the Buckeyes their first loss in four trips to the Kohl Center. The Buckeyes were the last Big Ten school to win at Kohl, where Wisconsin is 32-10 since it opened three years ago this month.
Ohio State also had won five straight over Wisconsin, which got 10 points from Kirk Penney, the only other player for either team to reach double figures.
With more than a week between games, Badgers interim coach Brad Soderberg spent the time stressing fundamentals and working on individual deficiencies, but the Badgers came out cold.
Actually, both teams did. The Buckeyes went the first 7:37 without a basket, but the Badgers would go more than eight minutes between points themselves before emerging with a 22-18 halftime lead.
Together, the teams missed 28 of their first 34 shots, including 13 of 15 from 3-point range. Wisconsin missed its first nine attempts from beyond the arc until Ricky Bower’s 3-pointer with 3:53 left in the half gave Wisconsin a 10-9 lead, eliciting some mock applause.
Boone’s shooting woes even extended to the foul line, where he bricked his first attempt, ending a streak of 25 straight successful free throws, seventh-best in school history.