Indiana’s Big Ten unbeaten streak came to an end in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Badgers defeated the Hoosiers 82-79 in overtime at the Kohl Center, snapping IU’s 12-game winning streak.
Wisconsin did most of its work through their star junior captain Nigel Hayes. Hayes finished with a game-high 31 points and was active on both ends of the floor late in regulation and in the overtime.
The star junior hit two free throws to tie the game at 71 with about nine seconds remaining in regulation and proceeded to somehow avoid fouling Yogi Ferrell as he drove into the lane and was unable to convert what would have been a game-winning layup just before the time had expired.
The Badgers continued to work the ball through Hayes in overtime as he scored six points. They were all at the free throw line. He also grabbed three rebounds, including back-to-back offensive rebounds on the Badgers’ first possession.
Indiana attempted just 16 three pointers and made seven of them. Ferrell went 5-6 from behind the arc and finished with a team-high 30 points.
Time after time, Ferrell had an answer in the second half, where he scored 14 of his 30 points. He was 6-of-7 shooting in that stretch with the lone miss coming at the buzzer.
The Badgers made 10 more free throws (28 in total) than the Hoosiers who attempted 18 and turned 19 Indiana turnovers into 21 points.
Hayes and redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ were the catalysts for Wisconsin’s advantage at the free throw line. They combined to shoot 17-of-27. Happ complemented Hayes’ breakout game with 25 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a career day of his own.
Next up for the Indiana Hoosiers is a date at Assembly Hall on Saturday at 2:15 where the Minnesota Golden Gophers come to town.