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Tucker, Wisconsin shake off poor shooting to top Georgia

Jan 1, 2007 - 12:39 AM ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Alando Tucker was not going to let some cold shooting ruin his team's surge.

Tucker scored 29 points as fourth-ranked Wisconsin overcame some offensive struggles to capture its 10th consecutive win with a 64-54 victory over Georgia.

Starting a season with 14 wins in their first 15 games for the sixth time in school history, the Badgers' winning streak is their longest since 2000-01.

Tucker was one of the lone players to find his range, shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 2-of-3 on 3-pointers.

Despite the play of the senior forward, the Badgers could not shake the pesky Bulldogs, holding a 53-51 edge after Georgia's Takais Brown converted two free throws with 2:32 remaining.

Although Wisconsin had its problems dealing with Georgia's zone defense, senior Kammron Taylor was able to find a crack, penetrate and kick out in the left corner to Tucker, who buried a 3-pointer for a five-point lead with 2:14 to play.

Marcus Landry, who made all five of his free throws in the closing two minutes, gave the Badgers a decisive 62-54 lead with 53 seconds remaining after slipping free in transition for a dunk and a foul off a long pass by Taylor.

Taylor scored 14 points and Landry eight for Wisconsin, which made up for 41 percent (21-of-51) shooting by converting 17-of-23 (74 percent) free throws.

Brown finished with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (8-4), who shot 30 percent (18-of-60) in absorbing their third consecutive loss.

Despite its own offensive struggles, Georgia coach Dennis Felton was quite happy with his team's play.

"We did almost everything right," Felton said. "We got high-quality looks, but we couldn't put it home. We played with patience, worked as a team and had a high number of quality shots."

Mike Mercer and Sundiata Gaines scored 11 points apiece for Georgia, which could not end its losing ways despite holding a 42-34 advantage on the boards, including 19-10 in offensive rebounds.