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March 2, 2006
Spartans knock off Wisconsin
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In his next-to-last home game, Davis was 9-for-12 from the field and 9-for-10 at the foul line for Michigan State, which had lost two in a row and four of five to fall out of the race for the Big Ten title.
Alando Tucker scored 23 points, but was the only player in double figures for the Badgers (19-9, 9-6), who had won four of their last five games, but lost any shot at a share of the league's regular-season title.
Badgers guard Kammron Taylor came into the game averaging 15 points, but scored just nine on 4-for-18 shooting.
Wisconsin led 23-13 midway through the first half before Michigan State got going. A 7-0 spurt late in the first half helped the Spartans go up 35-31 at the break.
Davis had 12 points and Brown had 10 in the first 20 minutes, when the Badgers were just 2-for-6 at the line.
Brown's alley-oop slam and fadeaway 3-pointer jump-started a run early in the second half. The Spartans led 48-36 before Tucker, the Big Ten's leading scorer, took charge with 19 second-half points.
But Tucker missed two free throws that would have cut the deficit to 59-57, and Ager answered to help Michigan State hold off Wisconsin. Ager scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, despite being in foul trouble for most of the period.
The Spartans shot 58 percent in the second half and 51 percent for the game, improving to 13-1 when they shoot at least 50 percent.For more coverage of the Michigan State Spartans, check out Spartanmag.com.
For more coverage of the Wisconsin Badgers, check out BadgerBlitz.com.