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Badgers take down No. 4 Spartans

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- Trailing by one with 10 seconds left on the clock, Ethan Happ put in the reverse lay-in and the Badgers upset No. 4 Michigan State, 77-76.

Wisconsin (10-9, 2-4 Big Ten) entered Sunday's game on a three-game skid and extremely frustrated. In their four losses in conference play, the Badgers saw win-able games slip through their hands.

They lost to Purdue by six.

They lost to Indiana by 1.

Maryland sunk a game-winning three in the final seconds to escape the Kohl Center with the victory.

A five-point loss at Northwestern on Tuesday brought Wisconsin to 1-4 in Big Ten play.

Junior forward Nigel Hayes gave the team a firm pep-talk after their loss to the Wildcats. Enough was enough. It was time to win games. 

Michigan State (16-3, 3-3) came to Madison with just two losses, both to conference foe Iowa. 

But today was Wisconsin's break through.

Leading at the half, 41-36, the Spartans opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a five point lead. The Badgers battled back in, with Hayes pushing Wisconsin back to a one-point lead off of two free throws with just under 12 minutes to go. The Badgers would stretch their lead to six with 8:34 to go. A three-point play by senior guard Denzel Valentine would put the Spartans up by four at the two-minute mark. 

The lead would change once again as junior guard Bronson Koenig hit a three-pointer with 28 seconds to go, bringing it to a one-point game.

With the arrow in the Badgers favor, interim head coach Greg Gard used a full-court press to force junior guard Eron Harris out-of-bounds, giving the ball back to Wisconsin with 23 seconds left in regulation. Happ, who shot 3-for-7 with 14 points, saw opportunity down low. He bobbled the ball under the rim but was able to recover with a reverse lay-in to give Wisconsin the one-point edge. 

Like the Maryland game, Michigan State had a chance to sneak away with a heartbreaker. Valentine, who led all Spartans with 23 points and 7 rebounds, pulled up from the top of the key. But unlike the Maryland game, Valentine's shot didn't sink and time expired. 

Wisconsin travels to Penn State on Thursday, Jan. 21, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. 

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