Jan. 8, 2006
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Kammron Taylor scored 27 points as Wisconsin upset No. 7 Michigan State 82-63 on Sunday.
The junior guard opened the second half with a jumper and a 3-pointer, touching off a 13-0 run that put the Badgers ahead 49-26 only three minutes into the half.
With the victory, the Badgers (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) are one of only three Big Ten teams to survive the first week of conference play undefeated, as conference heavyweights Illinois and Ohio State also lost over the weekend.
Indiana and Northwestern are the Big Ten's only other unbeatens in conference play.
Ager, the Spartans' leading scorer, was held to 11 points. The senior guard, who went into the game as the league's second-leading scorer with 21.1 points per game, had only four first-half points.
Ager was held to 9 points in the Spartans' loss at Illinois on Thursday, the first time he hadn't scored in double figures this season.
The Badgers held Davis to 2 points. Davis had a game-high 9 rebounds.
Wisconsin has won seven of its past eight games with Michigan State and is now 33-1 at home in Big Ten play under Bo Ryan. The Badgers' lone home Big Ten loss was to Illinois on Jan. 5, 2004.
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin's leading scorer, added 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Tucker had scored at least 25 points in three of the Badgers' last four games. Brian Butch added 12 for the Badgers.
The Badgers' hot second-half start extended a 6-2 run at the end of the first half that gave them a 36-26 halftime lead.
Taylor had 12 points in the first half and made two key defensive plays.
Taylor's steal and layup gave the Badgers a 16-15 lead with 8:45 remaining in the half. He came up with another steal one minute later and hit a jumper to extend the Badgers' lead to 18-15 with 7:40 left in the half.
Wisconsin extended the lead to 30-19 with 3:44 left in the half on a clumsy falling-down layup by Marcus Landry, but Michigan State rallied to within 6 points of the lead with a layup by Drew Neitzel and a 3-pointer by Brown to make the score 30-24 with 3:14 left in the half.