National Basketball Association
Wisconsin 69, Northwestern 64
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
# Lamont Simpson, # Steve McJunkins, # Donnie Eppley
Brad Davison scored 16 points, Ethan Happ posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 22 Wisconsin escaped with a 69-64 win over Northwestern on Saturday night in Evanston, Ill.
D'Mitrik Trice added 14 points for Wisconsin (19-8, 11-5 Big Ten), which secured a winning record in conference play. The Badgers have won back-to-back games.
Vic Law scored a game-high 24 points for Northwestern (12-15, 3-13), which dropped its eighth consecutive game. Dererk Pardon added 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
A pair of free throws by Law cut Northwestern's deficit to 65-64 with 15.1 seconds left.
Davison pushed the lead back to three points when he sank a pair of free throws with 8.9 seconds to go.
Northwestern's final 3-point attempt clanked off the rim, and Wisconsin's Nate Reuvers added two more free throws.
Davison made it 65-62 with a jump shot from the baseline with 2:01 to go. His shot bounced twice high off the rim before finally falling through the net to increase the Badgers' margin to three points.
The basket came less than a minute after a three-point play from Wisconsin's Khalil Iverson that unlocked a 60-all tie.
Wisconsin led by as many as seven points earlier in the second half after a jump shot by Happ with 7:55 remaining.
Northwestern regrouped after a television timeout 21 seconds later. The Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to pull ahead 57-55 with 5:08 to play. Law scored all 11 of his team's points during the outburst, with three 3-pointers and a layup.
The Badgers opened the second half on a 6-1 run to grab a 37-33 advantage. But the lead did not stand for long as the Wildcats stormed back with five straight points, including a jumper and a free throw by Law for a three-point play.
Northwestern led 32-31 at halftime. Pardon led the Wildcats with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting at the break.
Neither team led by more than four points during the back-and-forth first half.
Wisconsin will stay on the road to face Indiana on Tuesday night in its fourth-to-last game of the regular season.
Meanwhile, Northwestern will have a four-day break before it hosts Minnesota on Thursday night.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Brad Davison 16
Vic Law 24
Brad Davison 3
Vic Law 6
Ethan Happ 10
Anthony Gaines 5
Brad Davison 5
||Free Throws Made
Vic Law 4
Ethan Happ 1
Aaron Falzon 2
Ethan Happ 2
Vic Law 2
Team Stats Summary