Jan. 16, 2005
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Kam Taylor scored the go-ahead basket with 37.3 seconds left and Wisconsin ran off the final 11 points to beat No. 15 Michigan State 62-59 Sunday, extending the longest home winning streak in Division I to 38 games.
The Badgers (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten) trailed by eight points with less than 2 minutes left, and Taylor's basket in the lane gave them a 60-59 lead. Zach Morley added two free throws with 9.3 seconds to go, and Michigan State's Shannon Brown missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
Clayton Hanson scored 15 points and Sharif Chambliss added 14 to help Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan improve to 6-0 against Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. Mike Wilkinson added 12 for the Badgers, including four in the closing run.
Paul Davis scored 20 points to lead the Spartans (10-3, 2-1), who used a 9-0 run to take a 59-51 lead with 2:49 left. But Chambliss hit a 3-pointer and Wilkinson followed with four free throws to help the Badgers pull within 59-58 with 1:14 left.
After Michigan State failed to extend its lead, Taylor hit his runner to give Wisconsin the lead for good. Brown got a good look at the basket with time winding down, but his 3-point attempt circled the rim before missing as the buzzer sounded.
Wisconsin is 26-0 in Big Ten home games under Ryan. The Badgers haven't lost to Michigan State since Feb. 27, 2001, when the Spartans won 51-47 at the Kohl Center. Four of the games during the Badgers' six-game winning streak over the Spartans have been decided by four points or less.
The Badgers haven't lost at Kohl Center since Dec. 4, 2002, when Wake Forest beat them 90-80.