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Wisconsin spoils Ohio State's run at perfection

Feb 13, 2011 - 1:59 AM Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Jordan Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the final 13 minutes to ignite a furious second-half comeback as 13th-ranked Wisconsin stormed back to knock Ohio State from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 71-67 victory at Kohl Center.

Taylor made 8-of-13 shots, including 5-of-8 from three-point territory, and added seven assists and four rebounds for the Badgers (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten), who have won 17 in a row at home under head coach Bo Ryan.

"He's a pretty good player all through the season but what he did right there, I don't know if there are too many players in the country that have ever done that," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said about Taylor's performance. "Not just this year, but at any time, against the No.1 team in the country."

Jon Leuer totaled 12 points and six boards while Mike Bruesewitz chipped in with 12 points as Wisconsin became the eighth school to upend the No. 1 ranked football and basketball teams in the same season.

William Buford scored 21 points while Jared Sullinger provided 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (24-1, 11-1), who had the nation's longest win streak brought to an end.

Back-to-back jumpers by Buford finished a 13-2 run that bridged the end of the first half and gave the Buckeyes a 36-28 advantage less than three minutes into the second half.

The visitors kept the run going as Sullinger dropped in an alley-oop pass to extend the margin to 47-32 with 13 minutes and change to go in the game.

Wisconsin countered with the next 15 points, 10 by Taylor, over the next 3 1/2 minutes to forge the next to last tie of the game.

Taylor then bookended an 11-4 run with trifectas that put the Badgers back in the lead for good at 60-55 with 5:33 remaining.

Jon Diebler and Sullinger each hit a pair from the line to bring the Buckeyes within 65-63 with just under a minute to play. Bruesewitz then nailed a trey from straight-on to push the lead back to five with 29 ticks to go.

Taylor seemingly sealed the win with two at the line with 18.2 seconds left.

However, David Lighty hit the first at the line and then missed the second intentionally. Sullinger grabbed the rebound and drilled a right corner three to trim the lead to 70-67 with three seconds left. Leuer then wrapped it up by making 1-of-2 at the line less than a second later.

"You have to give Wisconsin a ton of credit," Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. "They got rolling there, they were banging shots deep and they were going in. We got that lead and had some great looks, but it just kind of went in and out on us. It flipped, we started missing shots and they started making shots."

Leuer and Josh Gasser sandwiched a Bruesewitz bucket with three-pointers during a 2 1/2 minute spurt that gave Wisconsin a 24-19 lead with just over four minutes left in the half.

Buford's triple with 60 ticks left tied the game and Lighty's driving layup in the waning seconds gave Ohio State a 28-26 lead, their only of the half, at the intermission.

Game Notes

Wisconsin has won 35 of its last 36 on home hardwood and improved to 150-11 at the Kohl Center under Ryan...The Badgers only other win over a top-ranked, undefeated team came March 3, 1962 when they defeated Ohio State. Wisconsin has won 10 straight at home over ranked teams and is 25-7 against ranked opponents at home under Ryan...Wisconsin's football team toppled No.1 Ohio State 31-18 on October 16...The Badgers have won nine in a row at home over Ohio State, which has never beaten Ryan in Madison...Gasser made three hree- pointers and ended with 11 points and seven rebounds...Sullinger hit 7-fo-12 from the floor while Buford connected on 10-of-18...Ohio State had won 28 straight regular season games, 18 straight league games and 11 in a row on the road in conference play entering the game...The Buckeyes were denied what would have been the third 12-0 start in Big-10 action in school history...Ohio State returns to action Tuesday at home against Michigan State while Wisconsin visits Purdue on Wednesday.