Green, Spartans top No. 20 Wisconsin in OTJan 12, 2011 - 4:37 AM East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Draymond Green finished with a career-high 26 points, including eight of the Spartans' 11 in overtime, as Michigan State topped No. 20 Wisconsin, 64-61, at Breslin Center.
Kalin Lucas added 17 points and six assists for the Spartans (11-5, 3-1 Big Ten), who rebounded from a 66-62 loss to Penn State on Saturday.
"It was a character win," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "It was an earned win. It was a team win. Yet, I think we beat a very, very good basketball team. A very well-coached team."
Jordan Taylor led Wisconsin (12-4, 2-2) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Keaton Nankivil added 17 points before fouling out late in overtime, and Jon Leuer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
The Badgers have now lost two of three since the start of 2011, and are 2-4 on the road this season.
Taylor connected on the first of two from the line with 58 seconds remaining in the extra period to tie the game at 61. After Taylor missed the second, Green grabbed the rebound, and the Spartans called a timeout with 42.6 seconds left.
Nankivil went to the bench after he fouled Lucas with 29 seconds remaining, and the Michigan State guard connected on 1-of-2 from the line.
Taylor missed a jumper with five seconds left on the clock, and Lucas sank two from the line with two seconds remaining to account for the final margin.
"I like how hard our guys played for the most part," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "We shut down some driving lines and did a pretty good job of stopping shots."
The game was close in the opening minutes, but a long three-pointer by Leuer started a 14-3 run for the Badgers, capped by a triple by Nankivil, to give Wisconsin a 19-7 lead.
Michigan State's Delvon Roe responded with a dunk to begin 13-4 run the Spartans used to end the half. Wisconsin took a 23-20 lead into the locker room.
Nankivil and Leuer finished with eight and seven points, respectively, in the opening 20 minutes.
The Spartans' Keith Appling opened the second half with a three, and after Green drained a mid-range jumper just over a minute in, MSU had a 25-23 lead.
Wisconsin held a 53-44 lead with 2:37 remaining in regulation, but Green's trey started a string of nine consecutive Spartans points. Korie Lucious' three off a Green shot fake with 48 seconds remaining tied the game at 53.
Tim Jarmusz had a chance to put Wisconsin in front with 13 seconds left, but his three was off-target, and Lucas was stuffed on a driving layup in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Wisconsin committed three turnovers in the final minute of regulation...The Badgers shot 38.2 percent from the field...Michigan State holds a 69-59 advantage in the all-time series...The Spartans have won three of four overall since a 67-55 loss to Texas on December 22.
- WISCONSIN: 61
MICHIGAN STATE: 64
Final - OT
Jan 11 9:26 PM
- WISCONSIN: 53
MICHIGAN STATE: 53
End of Regulation
Jan 11 9:02 PM
- WISCONSIN: 23
MICHIGAN STATE: 20
Jan 11 7:46 PM
- WISCONSIN: 0
MICHIGAN STATE: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Jan 11 7:03 PM
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