Indiana upsets No. 3 Wisconsin

Ferrell scores 25, Badgers lose first game of season

Published: January 14 2014 | 7:41 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:07 am in
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Point guard Yogi Ferrell scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and Indiana rallied to beat No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72 Tuesday night, handing the Badgers their first loss of the season.

Center Noah Vonleh had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks for the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten), who got 13 points apiece from guard Stanford Robinson and forward Will Sheehey.

Point guard Traevon Jackson had 21 points, guard Ben Brust had 13 and center Frank Kaminsky and forward Josh Gasser 11 each for Wisconsin (16-1, 3-1), which had beaten Indiana 12 times in a row before Tuesday.

Wisconsin's loss left Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State as the nation's only unbeaten teams. Fans at Assembly Hall stormed the court after their Hoosiers put a damper on what had been Wisconsin's best start in school history.

The Badgers, who averaged 8.2 turnovers, fewest in the nation, while winning their first 16 games, had six in the first half and wound up with 10. Jackson and Brust missed 3-point attempts on the final possession that could have forced overtime.

The Badgers missed all but one of their shots over a five-minute stretch midway through the second half, a span in which they started with a 52-42 lead and fell behind 56-54. Ferrell hit a pair of jumpers late in the 12-4 run, which was halted by a Jackson 3-pointer with 7:34 to play.

Down by eight in the early going, Indiana closed the first half on an 8-4 run, a spurt Sheehey started with a dunk and one that sent the Hoosiers to the locker room down 35-34 -- even though Wisconsin shot 57 percent in the first half.

Driving baskets from Robinson bookended an 8-0 run by Indiana, with a thunderous dunk by Williams and two Ferrell free throws in between, that tied it at 18 midway through the period.

Ferrell struggled to finish at the basket early, but his concerted efforts at getting there drew a few fouls and produced offense when he dished out of the penetration. Indiana had 26 points in the paint by the break.

NOTES: Indiana F Jeremy Hollowell, who had started 14 of the first 15 games, sat out for a second straight contest as he deals with what coach Tom Crean described as "focus" issues. ... Wisconsin attempted just two free throws in the first half, missing both. ... Indiana F Troy Williams' two-hand slam at 11:31 of the first half shook the basket support for about 10 seconds. ... The Badgers appeared in the top five of the AP poll in just one other season: 2006-07.

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