No. 11 Wisconsin Beats Winthrop in OT

Tuesday, December 5th 2006, 6:28 am
By: News On 6

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Torrell Martin and the Winthrop Eagles lost their 3-point shooting touch when they need it the most against Wisconsin.

Martin missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and No. 11 Wisconsin used a 10-2 run in overtime to escape with an 82-79 victory Monday night.

``I had a great shot,'' said Martin, who finished 7-for-11 from long range. ``I just didn't knock the shot down. It was about as open as I could get. I just didn't follow through.''

Martin led the Eagles (6-3) with 31 points. Winthrop was 15-for-25 from 3-point range and shot 55 percent overall.

``It was like throwing a rock in the ocean. They were just falling,'' Wisconsin's Alando Tucker said about Martin's performance. ``But you just have to stick with that, and we got to the free-throw line.''

The 15 3-pointers were the most by any Wisconsin opponent, topping the 14 Indiana had in 2001. Winthrop also tied a record for Wisconsin's Kohl Center, and Martin's seven 3s matched the individual mark for the arena.

In other Top 25 games, it was: No. 12 Kansas 72, Southern California 62; No. 13 Washington 87, Southern Utah 72; and No. 16 Memphis 78, Marshall 59.

Wisconsin (8-1) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but couldn't find a way to shake Winthrop.

The Badgers were 6-of-25 from behind the 3-point line, but they also outrebounded Winthrop 40-18 and were able to come up with several key rebounds late.

The Badgers' Michael Flowers, who scored a career-high 21 points, tied it at 65 with a putback with 10.6 seconds left, the fourth shot Wisconsin got off in the final 35 seconds of regulation.

``What won that game tonight was not field-goal percentage but hustle opportunities,'' Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. ``The real key was us getting on the glass. There's no two ways about it.''

It also helped that Wisconsin was 24-of-34 from the foul line, while Winthrop was 6-of-10.

Tucker also scored 21 points for the Badgers and Brian Butch had 17 points and nine rebounds.

No. 12 Kansas 72, Southern California 62

At Lawrence, Kan., Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush had 13 points apiece to help Kansas rebound from its second loss of the season.

The Jayhawks (7-2), coming off a 64-57 loss at DePaul on Saturday, won despite shooting 38 percent (24-for-63) from the field.

Sherron Collins and Darnell Jackson added 11 points each and Julian Wright finished with 10 for Kansas.

Lodrick Stewart, whose twin brother, Rodrick, is a reserve guard for the Jayhawks, scored 23 points for the Trojans (7-2).

No. 13 Washington 87, S. Utah 72

At Seattle, Ryan Appleby scored a career-high 24 points and freshman Spencer Hawes added a season-high 21 for Washington.

Appleby, replaced last week as a starter by freshman Adrian Oliver, scored 21 points in the first half on 8-for-9 shooting _ including 5-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Huskies (7-0) have won 24 consecutive nonconference games.

Justin Allen scored 20 points for Southern Utah (6-3).

No. 16 Memphis 78, Marshall 59

At Memphis, Tenn., Robert Dozier scored 16 points, and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 14 for Memphis in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

Memphis (6-1) held the Thundering Herd to 33 percent shooting en route to its fourth straight win. Tre Whitted led Marshall (2-6) with 14 points.