Madison – Anyone who challenges Wisconsin guard Ben Brust to a three-point shooting contest or leaves him open anywhere close to the line does so at his or her peril.
The junior buried an improbable three-pointer from just inside the mid-court line to force overtime and then buried a three-pointer with 39.6 seconds left in the overtime to lift UW to a 65-62 victory over No. 3 Michigan Saturday at the Kohl Center.
“That one wins by far,” Brust said when asked if he has hit a more memorable shot than the three-pointer to force the overtime. “By a long shot, actually.
“And then to be able to win the game in overtime makes it that much sweeter.”
UW (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) knocked the Wolverines (21-3, 8-3) out of a tie for first place and moved within one-half game of the lead.
The Badgers improved to 4-2 this season against ranked Big Ten teams and 4-4 against all ranked teams.
Indiana (20-3, 8-2) plays at Ohio State (17-5, 7-3) on Sunday. Michigan State (19-4, 8-2) is set to play at Purdue later Saturday (12-11, 5-5).
“From what I hear from people it’s a good thing I don’t have Facebook and Twitter,” UW coach Bo Ryan said, “because I’m hearing enough from email and text messages.”