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Flowers, Badgers upset Texas

Dec 29, 2007 - 11:58 PM AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- It was a good three seconds for Michael Flowers.

The senior guard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds to play to lift Wisconsin to a 67-66 upset victory over No. 9 Texas on Saturday.

Almost immediately after his clutch shot, Flowers swooped in and stole Connor Atchley's inbounds pass to secure the Badgers' (10-2) fourth win in five all-time meetings with Texas (11-2).

"I always say make sure you throw the ball in the air," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "They know they can't call timeouts anymore, so throwing it in the air and the ball not hitting anything sealed the deal for us.

Senior center Brian Butch had 21 points to lead a Wisconsin squad that was without leading scorer Trevon Hughes, who injured his ankle late in practice Friday.

"Brian is a guy we can throw it back to," Ryan said. "He played a heck of a game and was involved."

"They rose up and made the shot," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "Thirteen offensive rebounds in the second half is going to get you beat. They shot 37 percent, if we had rebounded, the percentage could have been lower."

Marcus Landry added 14 points and Jason Bohannon contributed 10 points on the heels of three 3-pointers.

Damion James had a career-high 21 points to lead Texas, which lost its second straight game after opening the season with 11 straight wins.

Texas held led the game, 65-62, with 1:14 remaining after A.J. Abrams drained a fade-away jumper.

Bohannon's attempt to knot the game on long 3-pointer with 33 seconds to play bounced off the rim, but Flowers corralled a key the rebound to keep the Badgers' hopes alive.

After a timeout, Landry connected on a baseline jumper with 18 seconds left to cut the Texas' lead to 65-64.

On the Longhorns' ensuing possession, Abrams was fouled with 11 seconds to play and made one of two free throws to extend the lead to 66-64.

Following a timeout, Flowers took the ball up the floor and delivered the knockout punch.

"In any type of game like this you can't really say that you have the victory locked up at any time," Abrams said. "We were on a run and then they were on a run. We went out there and didn't execute our game plan like we wanted to."