Another late drought has cost the Wisconsin Badgers a victory, falling to the Temple Owls 59-55 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
The Badgers had a late lead, then the well went dry, failing to score a point in the final 3:34 of the second half.
Temple senior forward Obi Enechionyia had two big blocks against Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. hit four free throws in the final 1:09. Alston finished with a team high 22 points.
Happ had 23 points on 11 of 19 shooting to lead the Badgers (4-6). Khalil Iverson added nine points and freshmen Brad Davison and Aleem Ford added eight points each.
The Badgers did have the ball in the final half-minute with a chance to win but Kobe King missed a three-pointer with 15 seconds left.
King, Nate Reuvers, D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl combined to make just 3 of 18 shots in the loss.
Wisconsin returns home to host rival Marquette at the Kohl Center on Saturday.
Badger women victorious
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team knocked off UT-Rio Grande Valley 82-54 at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers (6-4 overall) controlled UTRGV (8-3) early, shooting 50% (16-of-32) from the field to take a 13-point lead at the half. UW used a number of second half runs to put the game out of reach.
The Badgers shot 51.7% from the field for the game. Senior Cayla McMorris had 18 points (7-of-10) and five rebounds.
The Badgers travel to Indianapolis on Friday night to take on the Butler Bulldogs at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.