Gritty, not fairly.
How else would you describe Wisconsin’s 43-42 victory over Dayton in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Wednesday?
UW missed its remaining six field-goal makes an attempt and 16 of its final 17 but prevailed due to its protection.
Max Klesmit had a important block towards Kobe Elvis with one second left on the shot clock and two seconds left in the sport. The Flyers then bought the ball in but Elvis didn’t get the nook jumper off earlier than the shot clock expired.
UW’s Tyler Wahl inbounded lengthy to Klesmit, who went up excessive for the catch and time expired.
“Just happy with our guys how they proceed to discover a manner,” UW coach Greg Gard stated. “It wasn’t all the time aesthetic as we wished, particularly on the offensive finish, but defensively this group is constant to present and develop and develop some grit and toughness and making well timed performs.”
Wisconsin advances to face Kansas in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals
The Badgers (4-0), regardless of taking pictures simply 23.7%, advance to meet No. 3 Kansas (5-0) at 10 am Thursday.
BOX SCORE:Wisconsin 43, Dayton 42
Kansas bought 76 factors and 32 rebounds from its beginning 5 in an 80-74 victory over North Carolina State in the primary sport of the event.
UW prevailed regardless of getting simply 19 factors from its beginning 5.
Steven Crowl had 9 factors, seven rebounds and 4 assists to lead the starters. Klesmit added three factors and 5 rebounds. Jordan Davis had two factors and eight rebounds.
Wahl (three factors) and Chucky Hepburn (two factors) mixed to hit simply 2 of 18 pictures.
Connor Essegian led UW with 13 factors, together with 11 in the primary half.
“I simply need to come in and convey that spark the workforce wants,” Essegian stated.
Fellow reserves Markus Ilver scored six factors and Isaac Lindsey added 5. They mixed to hit 3 of 6 three-pointers.
“Guys like Markus Ilver and Isaac Lindsey come in and hit huge threes to maintain us in the sport,” Klesmit stated. “It’s only a tribute to these guys who come in and work every single day.”
Essegian and Lindsey assist the Badgers overcome chilly taking pictures in the primary half
Gard was not completely happy together with his workforce’s shot choice, which contributed to UW hitting simply 6 of 27 three-pointers (22.2%) and 14 of 59 pictures general (23.7%).
“The pictures wanted to be higher” he stated. “I believed once we did transfer the ball and performed by way of the paint…we had good issues occur. But we bought a pair sequences in each halves the place we took dangerous pictures, which does not enable you to set your protection.”
Elvis scored 14 of his 16 factors in the second half to assist the Flyers (3-2) rally from a 34-24 deficit.
UW’s starters mixed for simply seven factors on 3-for-20 taking pictures in the opening half but the Badgers managed to grind out a 23-14 lead thanks largely to Essegian and Lindsey.
Essegian hit 2 of three three-pointers, 3 of 5 pictures general and three free throws after being fouled on a three-point try for 11 factors in 11 minutes.
Lindsey performed 4 minutes in the primary half in place of Hepburn and contributed 5 factors, one rebound and one help.
UW led, 16-14, when Lindsey scored on a lay-in off a feed from Crowl. Lindsey then fed Crowl for a basket and hit a three-pointer popping out of a timeout to cap a 7-0 run and provides UW a 23-14 halftime lead.
Dayton went scoreless over the ultimate 5:02 and completed the half 2 of 16 from three-point vary and 6 of 29 general.
The Badgers constructed the nine-point lead by profitable the battle for second-chance factors (6-0) and factors off turnovers (8-2). They completed the sport with a 13-4 edge in second-chance factors and an 8-7 edge in factors off turnovers.
UW ran dashing pictures in the second half
UW held a 34-24 lead after Crowl scored inside with 13:45 left in the sport but with each Hepburn and Wahl in foul bother and on the bench, the Badgers began dashing pictures.
The Flyers took benefit and bought 10 factors from Elvis to pull inside 37-36 with 7:45 left and eventually pulled right into a 39-39 tie on a three-pointer by Mustapha Amzil with 4:56 left.
Wahl, scoreless to that time, then scored on a post-up transfer and was fouled with 4:38 left. He hit the free throw for a 42-39 lead.
Crowl took a feed from Wahl and was fouled on the shot with 3:17 left. He hit 1 of two pictures for a 43-39 lead.
The Flyers bought a put-back and DaRon Holmes was fouled with 59.7 seconds left. Holmes hit 1 of two makes an attempt to pull Dayton inside 43-42.
UW had the ball but had made simply 1 of its final 16 field-goal makes an attempt. Who would get the shot on the important possession?
Crowl bought the ball on the rim but his shot was stuffed and the Flyers known as a timeout with 24.4 seconds left, 23 on the shot clock.
The Flyers could not get a clear look and known as one other timeout, with seven seconds on the shot clock and eight.5 left in the sport.
UW’s protection, which restricted Dayton to 30.2% taking pictures (16 of 53), held one final time.
“We had been attempting to get Elvis downhill on the drive,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant stated. “He was having success getting to the rim.
“We had been hoping for a basket alternative or a foul.”
The Badgers survived and superior.
“Knew that they like to get their guards going to their robust hand,” stated Klesmit, who well blocked the shot together with his left hand to keep away from fouling. “I attempted to sit on that as finest as I might and guard with out fouling.”
Hepburn and Wahl mixed to make simply 4 of 25 pictures in a victory over UW-Green Bay and mixed to make simply 2 of 18 pictures towards Dayton.
That UW prevailed regardless of such numbers on Wednesday was exceptional.
“It is 2 all-league gamers which have helped us win a ton of video games at Wisconsin,” Gard stated. “So, I’m going to proceed to play by way of these guys.
“Fortunately that they had teammates that stepped up and helped them out.”
Particularly on the defensive finish.