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NCAA Tournament: No. 5 seed FSU loses 61-59 in overtime against No. 12 seed Wisconsin

Midwest L'ville 74, Morehead St. 54
Siena 74, Ohio St. 72, 2OT
Arizona 84, Utah 71
Cleveland St. 84, Wake 69
Dayton 68, West Va. 60
Kansas 84, N. Dakota St. 74
USC 72, Boston College 55
Mich. St. 77, R. Morris 62
West Marquette 58, Utah St. 57
Missouri 78, Cornell 59
East Pitt 72, East Tenn. St. 62
Oklahoma St. 77, Tenn. 75
Xavier 77, Portland St. 59
Wisconsin 61, FSU 59 OT

South Arizona St. 66, Temple 57
Syracuse 59, S.F. Austin 44

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BOISE, Idaho

The Florida State Seminoles reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 for one main reason: They could flat-out stop people from scoring.

But when they needed a defensive stop the most, they didn't get it.

Wisconsin junior guard Trevon Hughes hit a tough drive in the lane, drew a foul from senior guard Toney Douglas, the ACC's top defender, and completed the three-point play with two seconds left in overtime as the Badgers rallied for a 61-59 win before an announced crowd of 12,194 at the Taco Bell Arena late Friday.

With 1:18 left, Douglas hit a 3-pointer to give the Seminoles a 59-56 lead, but the FSU defense couldn't come up with key stops.

"I thought we were in excellent shape (after taking a three-point lead)," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "All we needed was a stop, and we lost our defensive discipline.

"We've been fortunate all year long. We've gotten those stops."

The No. 12 seed Badgers (20-12), one of the last teams to make it into the field, face fourth-seeded Xavier at 2:20 p.m. Sunday for the right to travel to Boston for the East Region Sweet 16.

Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded Seminoles (25-10) saw their breakout season end in shocking fashion.

The Badgers' calling card under coach Bo Ryan has been a physical, aggressive defense, and this year was no exception.

They were allowing an average of just 59 points, second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally. During their last 10 games of the regular season, of which they won seven to play their way into the NCAA field, the Badgers were even stingier, holding teams to just 53.6 points.

And the Seminoles got a dose of that. For a while.

With the score tied at 17, FSU freshmen forwards Xavier Gibson and Chris Singleton had the answer to Wisconsin's defense. Looking like upperclassmen accustomed to March Madness, Gibson hit a free throw and a follow-up, two-handed dunk, and Singleton, who was coming off a confidence-boosting performance against Duke in the ACC tournament finale Sunday (15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range), added back-to-back 3-pointers.

Douglas then added a tough leaner and a pair of free throws to cap a 14-2 run in the final six minutes for a 31-19 halftime lead. In the half, the Seminoles shot 50 percent from the field.

Meanwhile, they showed their defensive chops by holding the Badgers to 7-of-25 shooting from the field (28 percent), including 1 of 10 from 3-point range.

But Wisconsin came out with new-found determination and shooting touch. Senior swingman Joe Krabbenhoft opened the half with a 3-pointer, then sophomore forward Keaton Nankivil hit a pair of 3s and a jumper in the lane to cap a 14-0 run to give his team a 32-31 lead.

As he had done countless times this season when his team was desperate for a basket, Douglas delivered a pair of drives to settle down his young teammates. Moments later, he hit a pull-up jumper then an acrobatic drive for a three-point play as FSU pulled away again, 44-37.

The Badgers weren't done and tied it at 43 on Hughes' 3-pointer with 3:09 left in the game. After Douglas answered with a pair of free throws, Wisconsin junior guard Jason Bohannon hit a 3-pointer for a 49-48 lead.

Sophomore guard Derwin Kitchen, whose driving layup in the waning seconds was the difference in FSU's win against Georgia Tech in last week's ACC tournament quarterfinal, drove in for a go-ahead layup seconds later. Bohannon answered with a 3-pointer, just beating the shot clock, but Douglas hit two free throws to tie the game at 52 with 36.6 seconds.

Freshman guard Jordan Taylor's jumper in the final seconds was off the back iron, sending the game to overtime. Douglas's 3-pointer gave them the 59-56 lead, but Taylor followed with a layup, and, after a Douglas missed 3, Hughes beat the FSU defense.

The Seminoles had a chance to tie it, but Hughes swatted away a desperation pass to end the game.

Wisconsin 61

FSU 59


NCAA Tournament: No. 5 seed FSU loses 61-59 in overtime against No. 12 seed Wisconsin 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:07am]
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