Wisconsin beats Minnesota, Crowl, Wahl each score 21

Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl each scored 21 points, Chucky Hepburn scored all his 12 points in the second half, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and Wisconsin kept alive its chances for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament with a 71-67 win over Minnesota Sunday night.

Wahl was 8-of-11 shooting and Crowl made 9 of 13 from the field. Connor Essegian added 11 points for Wisconsin (17-13, 9-11 Big Ten).

Ta'lon Cooper stole the ball, went the other way for layup and hit the and-1 free throw for Minnesota to make it 62-all with 2:30 to play. Hepburn, near the top of the key, stepped around a screen from Wahl and drilled a contested step-back 3-pointer to give the Badgers the lead for good with 47 seconds left.

Max Klesmit and Wahl combined to go 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the closing seconds to seal it for Wisconsin.

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Dawson Garcia scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting for Minnesota (8-21, 2-17) and Braeden Carrington added 11 points and eight rebounds. Joshua Ola-Joseph scored 10 points and Cooper fouled out with eight points and eight assists.

Carrington hit a 3-pointer that gave Minnesota a seven-point lead with less than 11 minutes to play but Wahl and Hepburn each made a layup, Crowl converted a three-point play and, after Cooper scored inside for the Golden Gophers, Wahl backed Joshua Ola-Joseph under the basket and scored from point-blank range to make it 55-all with eight minutes remaining.

Crowl was fouled as he scored from the left block and hit the and-1 free throw to give Wisconsinhttps://www.fox6now.com/tag/ncaa/badgers its first lead of the second half and make it 58-57 with 6:33 to play. Garcia kissed an off-hand shot gently off the backboard just before the shot clock expired to put the Golden Gophers back in front 31 seconds later, but Hepburn found a cutting Essegian for a layup and then Essegian made two free throws to give Wisconsin a 62-59 advantage with four minutes to go.

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Freshman Pharrel Payne fouled out with nearly four minutes to play. The 6-foot-9 forward finished with five points on 2-of-2 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes.

The Golden Gophers shot 60% before intermission — their best shooting half of the season — and had 13 assists on 15 made field goals as they took a 39-26 lead when Jamison Battle hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Minnesota made 25 of 48 from the field and shot better than 50% in a game for just the second time this season. The Golden Gophers shot 55.1% (27 of 49) in a 72-54 win over St. Francis (N.Y,) on Nov. 11.