Gasser banks in winner as Wisconsin nips MichiganFeb 24, 2011 - 5:44 AM Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Josh Gasser banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift No. 12 Wisconsin to a 53-52 victory over Michigan on Wednesday.
Jordan Taylor led the Badgers with 20 points and was their first option on the final play, but he passed out of a double-team to find Gasser for the winner.
"A young man who I don't think was trying to bank it, banks a shot and that's how it goes. You just can't control some of the things that happen in a game," said Michigan head coach John Beilein.
Wisconsin (21-6, 11-4 Big Ten) escaped with its second straight win since losing to Purdue last week and improved to 6-1 in its last seven games. Keaton Nankivil added 13 points and Jon Leuer scored 12 in the victory.
Gasser only had five points, but they were Wisconsin's last five points of the game, including a jumper that tied the game at 50 with three minutes left.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points to lead Michigan (17-12, 7-9) and Jordan Morgan had 12.
The Wolverines have lost two of their last three games on the heels of a three-game winning streak and may have been knocked out of consideration for an NCAA tournament berth with this setback.
It was a heartbreaker.
After Gasser's bucket tied the game, Morgan hit a jumper at the other end to give Michigan a 52-50 lead with 2:41 left in the game. Then, the teams went cold.
Nankivil and Taylor missed three-pointers on back-to-back Wisconsin possessions and Michigan's Darius Morris was blocked by Gasser. Taylor then missed another jumper for the Badgers.
Wisconsin caught a break, though, when Morris missed the front end of a 1- and-1 free-throw opportunity with 31 seconds left, setting the stage for the final play.
With three fouls to give, Michigan used all of them before the Badgers were finally able to get a play off.
Gasser, after taking the pass from Taylor near the top of the arc on the right side, knocked down his three-pointer with Michigan guard Stu Douglass' hand in his face.
It ended a close game that featured seven ties and 10 lead changes. Michigan never led by more than five, and Wisconsin was never ahead by more than four.
Michigan still leads the all-time series 89-64...The Wolverines had a 31-30 lead at halftime...Michigan lost despite out-shooting Wisconsin 49-36 percent.
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