The Wisconsin men's basketball team escaped with a narrow victory over Idaho State, 60-58 Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. Jason Bohannon led all scorers with 18 points, shooting 6-6 from the free throw line and 4-10 from behind the 3-point arc in 33 minutes of action.
The Badgers jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the game's opening five minutes, thanks to a pair of Bohannon 3-pointers and four points from Marcus Landry. Idaho State would steadily climb back into the game, taking a 21-20 lead with 4:25 left in the half. The Bengals found themselves still leading into the final possession before intermission when Bohannon knocked down his fourth trey of the half to put Wisconsin up 29-27 at the break. Bohannon and Landry combined for 20 of the Badgers' 29 first-half points.
The second half was nip-and-tuck until the 10 minute mark, when the Badgers started putting a little distance between themselves and the Bengals. Clinging to a 41-40 lead, Wisconsin used an 8-0 run over the next 3:48 to open up a nine-point advantage. Idaho State wouldn't go away as a basket by Demetrius Monroe capped a 15-8 spurt and pulled the Bengals within two at 57-55 with 0:09 remaining. A quick foul led to two free throws from Bohannon before Matt Stucki drained a three-pointer bringing the Bengals within one point with 0:02 left. Trevon Hughes' converted one of two free throws but stepped across the free throw line prior to his second shot hitting the rim. That allowed Idaho State to inbound under the hoop trailing 60-58 with 2.1 seconds remaining. Devidias Busma caught the three-quarter court inbound pass, turned to shoot a would-be game-winning 3-pointer, but Landry stuffed his attempt preserving the 60-58 win.
The Badgers out-rebounded Idaho State 33-to-26, including a 15-to-5 advantage on the offensive glass and 12-of-17 from the free throw line in the final 7:45. Wisconsin finished with 11 points off turnovers and 15 second-chance points.
With the win Wisconsin is now 43-12 in games after a loss under head coach Bo Ryan, including a 27-2 mark at the Kohl Center coming off defeats.
UW continues its four-game homestand with vs. Green Bay on Saturday, December 13th. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network and tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (central).