Big Ten Men's Basketball: Wisconsin knocks off No. 12 Minnesota

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Wisconsin 45, No. 12 Minnesota 44

MADISON, Wis. -- Traevon Jackson just beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin got past No. 12 Minnesota 45-44 on Saturday, the Golden Gophers' fourth straight loss.

After Jackson's shot gave the Badgers a 45-43 lead, the Golden Gophers (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) called a timeout with 1.8 seconds remaining and inbounded from halfcourt. The Badgers' Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe on the play, but the big man was unable to shoot the ensuing free throws because of an apparent right hand or wrist injury.

Rodney Williams stepped to the line and made the first free throw, but missed the second and Sam Dekker grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Wisconsin (14-6, 5-2), which ended a two-game slide.

Dekker and Ryan Evans scored 10 points apiece for the Badgers. Jackson, who also hit a free throw line jumper with 1:03 left to tie the score, finished with nine points.

Andre Hollins had 20 points for Minnesota, but was called for an offensive foul with 39.1 seconds left and the score tied at 43 to set the stage for Jackson's late shot.

"It was a big momentum-changer in the game," Hollins said of the charge. "My decision-making on that play was very poor. Those are the little things that cost us the game."

Nebraska 64, Northwestern 49

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Dylan Talley scored 20 points and Ray Gallegos broke out of his 3-point shooting slump in the second half to lead Nebraska to a 64-49 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) won for the first time in four conference home games.

Brandon Ubel had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Gallegos added 11 points.

Dave Sobolewski matched his season high with 21 points and Jared Swopshire had 11 to pace the Wildcats (12-9, 3-5), who were coming off a seven-point win over No. 12 Minnesota.

Ubel made two free throws and converted Gallegos' pass through the lane into a dunk at the front end of a 16-7 spurt that gave Nebraska a double-digit lead in the middle of the second half. Gallegos followed Shavon Shields' three-point play with three straight 3s to make it 44-33.

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