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                 === Minnesota edges No. 20 Wisconsin in OT ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (Sports Network)  - Andre  Hollins scored  21 points and had
 seven  of  his team's nine  points in overtime,  as Minnesota outlasted No. 20
 Wisconsin, 58-53, on Thursday at Williams Arena.
 
 Austin  Hollins had  11 points,  four assists  and three  rebounds and  Rodney
 Williams added 10 points and five boards for the Golden Gophers (18-7, 6-6 Big
 Ten), who bounced back from consecutive losses.
 
 "That  was  a real  big win for  us," Williams  said. "We were  coming in on a
 losing  streak and we  needed something to pick us up. We have a lot of people
 down on us right now but we know what we are capable of and how good we can be
 and I think this win can put us back to how we were."
 
 Sam  Dekker had  14 points and Ben  Brust chipped in 11 for the Badgers (17-8,
 8-4),  who  shot a mere  30.5 percent from  the floor and  had the ball up two
 points with 22.6 seconds remaining in regulation, before turning the ball over
 on an inbounds traveling violation that allowed Minnesota to tie the game just
 seconds later.
 
 Wisconsin  had won  50 straight games when leading or tied with 5:00 remaining
 in regulation.
 
 Andre  Hollins kicked  off overtime with a  3-pointer from the top of the key,
 while Wisconsin missed its first five shots in the extra period. Trevor Mbakwe
 extended  the margin to 54-49 on two free throws with 1 1/2 minutes remaining,
 until  Dekker gave  Wisconsin its  first points  of the  stanza with  two free
 throws to bring the visitors within three points just 10 seconds later.
 
 Both  teams  then traded possessions, and  Andre Hollins went 4-for-4 from the
 charity stripe in the final 18 seconds of OT to secure the victory.
 
 With 22.6 seconds on the clock in regulation, Austin Hollins drove to the hoop
 to  potentially tie  the contest, but Mike Bruesewitz forced a critical charge
 to  give the Badgers  the ball back. However, on the next play, as he took the
 ball out of bounds under his team's own basket, he shuffled his feet and moved
 his position. Thus, turning the ball over back to the Gophers.
 
 Joe  Coleman made the most of the error and got to the free throw line to sink
 both  shots to  tie the  game at  49-49.  Wisconsin got  the ball  back for  a
 shot  at the win,  but the Gophers defended Traevon Jackson well and forced an
 errant shot to send the game to overtime.
 
 "He  really struggled," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said about Jackson's late try.
 "He  could not  complete the play. He  tried to draw some contact. He just did
 not  make  good decisions  finishing. I think  he thought he  could get to the
 rim."
 
 Brust  made it  47-43 with 6:11 to  play, but the game slowed down until under
 two minutes remaining, and Williams' dunk brought Minnesota within 49-47.
 
 It  was not a  pleasant outing for either team in the first half, as Wisconsin
 held  a 24-22 edge.  Minnesota shot 32 percent from the floor and 3-of-10 from
 behind  the  arc, while the  Badgers shot 36  percent and 3-of-13 from 3-point
 range.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 It  was  the first  time in Wisconsin  history that the  team has played three
 straight overtime games ... The Badgers defeated Iowa in two overtimes on Feb.
 6  and then-No. 3  Michigan in overtime last Saturday ... Nine of the Badgers'
 12  conference games  have been decided by six points or fewer, including each
 of their last four games ... Mbakwe had eight points and Coleman finished with
 six  points, while the  only other Gopher to score was Maurice Walker, who had
 two points ... Minnesota fell at Wisconsin on Jan. 26, 45-44.
 
 
 02/14 23:11:56 ET

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