But the Badgers almost let the Gophers take the game into overtime. Minnesota called a timeout and with 1.8 seconds left in the game Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe, which sent the senior to the free throw line. However, Mbakwe could not shoot the free throws because he injured his right wrist on the play.
By rule, the opposing coach must select one of the other players currently on the court to fill in at the free throw line. Bo Ryan selected Rodney Williams to take the shots. William, a 64.9 percent free throw shooter, made the first but missed the second and freshman Sam Dekker grabbed the rebound to end the game.
Dekker and Ryan Evans paced the Badgers on the offensive end scoring 10 points each as UW ended a two game losing streak. Wisconsin has now topped Minnesota in 15 of the last 16 games these teams have played in Madison.
The Badgers trailed by as many as eight in the first half, but went on a 13-2 run just before the break. Wisconsin improves to 57-1 under Ryan at home when allowing fewer than 50 points.