Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Badgers guard redeems himself at end

MADISON, Wis. — In the closing seconds of a close game, Traevon Jackson takes the big shots for Wisconsin.

Doesn't matter if the point guard had been struggling in recent weeks with his shot. Or if he's having a tough day handling the ball, as he did Sunday with five turnovers against Michigan State. Coach Bo Ryan trusts the tough junior.

Jackson rewarded his coach's confidence Sunday after hitting a pull-up jumper from about 10 feet with 2.1 seconds left to lift the Badgers to a 60-58 win over the ninth-ranked Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten).

"That's sort of what they expected out of me, to finish the game," Jackson said. "The pull-up was there, and I was blessed to be able to make it go in."

His jumper with Gary Harris in his face capped a frenetic final minute in which Michigan State's Adreian Payne tied it with a 3 with 10 seconds left.

A desperation 3 by Michigan State from midcourt banged off the rim as time expired. The Badgers (19-5, 6-5) snapped a three-game skid at home.

"Just (because) they lost a couple of home games — and that's un-American in the Cheesehead State — don't kid yourself. They're a very good team," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.

Izzo said that guard Keith Appling could miss a couple of weeks with a right wrist injury.

NO. 1 SYRACUSE 57, CLEMSON 44: C.J. Fair scored 19 for the host Orange (23-0, 10-0 ACC), which tied the program mark for consecutive wins.

NO. 2 ARIZ. 76, OREGON ST. 54: Aaron Gordon had 17 points for the host Wildcats (23-1, 10-1 Pac-12), who shot 50 percent after two weeks of struggles on offense.

ST. JOHN'S 70, NO. 12 CREIGHTON 65: D'Angelo Harrison scored 19 and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 left as the host Red Storm won for the sixth time in seven games. The Bluejays (19-4, 9-2 Big East) had won 14 of 15 going in.

NO. 22 UCONN 75, UCF 55: Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier had 17 points and seven rebounds each for the visiting Huskies (18-5, 6-4 American), who handed the Knights (9-12, 1-9) their eighth straight loss.

OREGON: Assistant coach Brian Fish said an Arizona State student spit at him and trainer Clay Jamieson at halftime Saturday night in Tempe. An Arizona State official said the student had his season tickets revoked.

Women

UF 86, NO. 15 KENTUCKY 80: January Miller scored 20 and hit 3 of 4 late free throws that helped the visiting Gators (17-7, 7-4 SEC) pull away from the Wildcats (17-6, 5-5).

FSU 72, BC 55: Point guard Cheetah Delgado, who played at Hillsborough Community College, had a school-record 15 assists to lead the host Seminoles (16-7, 4-6 ACC) on Paint it Pink day for breast cancer awareness. Delgado's mother, Mary Ann Montes, died from breast cancer March 12, 2009.

NO. 1 UCONN 81, NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 64: Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Huskies (25-0, 12-0 American) past the Cardinals (23-2, 11-1) in a rematch of last season's national championship game.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 101, SYRACUSE 64: Jewell Loyd scored 23 for the host Irish (23-0, 10-0 ACC), who matched the best start in school history.

WASH. 87, NO. 3 STANFORD 82: Kelsey Plum scored 23 for the Huskies, who held off a late charge to snap a 62-game road Pac-12 winning streak for the Cardinal (22-2, 11-1).

NO. 6 S.C. 67, ARKANSAS 49: Aleighsa Welch scored 16 and had a career-best five blocks to lead the host Gamecocks (22-2, 10-1 SEC) to their sixth straight victory.

NO. 7 BAYLOR 81, NO. 12 OKLA. ST. 64: Odyssey Sims scored 33 as the host Bears (20-3, 10-1 Big 12) routed the Cowgirls (19-4, 8-4) to clinch their 14th straight 20-win season.

NO. 9 PENN ST. 74, OHIO ST. 54: Maggie Lucas had 23 points, including 12 during a 21-3 run that bridged halftime, helping the visiting Nittany Lions (18-5, 9-2) remain in the Big Ten lead.

NO. 10 MARYLAND 95, CLEMSON 43: Alyssa Thomas had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the host Terrapins (19-4, 7-3 ACC) beat the Tigers for the 14th straight time.

ARIZONA 68, NO. 11 ARIZ. ST. 49: Carissa Crutchfield scored a career-high 20 to lead the host Wildcats to an upset over the Sun Devils (20-4, 9-3 Pac-12).

NO. 14 N.C. STATE 72, VA. TECH 71, OT: Len'Nique Brown hit a winning floater with 4.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the visiting Wolfpack (21-3, 8-2 ACC).

NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 72, NO. 16 LSU 67: Courtney Walker scored 22 and hit a critical layup in the final minute to lift the host Aggies (18-6, 8-2 SEC) past the Tigers (18-6, 7-4).

NO. 23 CAL 87, WASH. ST. 70: Reshanda Gray scored 24 and Brittany Boyd 23 to help the visiting Golden Bears (16-7, 8-4 Pac-12) rally.

NO. 25 PURDUE 65, MICHIGAN 56: Ashley Morrissette and April Wilson sank 3-pointers in the final two minutes for the visiting Boilermakers (17-7, 7-5 Big Ten).

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