Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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By JR ROSS, Associated Press Writer
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Alando Tucker scored 21 points and Wisconsin stifled No. 18 Alabama's high-powered offense in a 76-62 victory Wednesday night that extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games.
The Badgers (9-2) took a 33-23 halftime lead behind the Big Ten's best defense. Alabama, the Southeastern Conference's leading offense at better than 86 points per game, scored on seven straight possessions to start the second half, cutting the lead 42-37. But the Crimson Tide (10-2) went scoreless for almost 3 minutes after Ronald Steele's basket cut the lead to 54-46 with 6:18 left.
Tucker's 3-pointer gave the Badgers a 65-48 lead, their biggest of the game, and Wisconsin cruised from there.
The Badgers haven't lost at Kohl Center since Dec. 4, 2002, when Wake Forest beat them 90-80.
Alabama came in shooting almost 50 percent from the field but the Crimson Tide made less than one-third of their shots in the first half.
Chuck Davis made two of his first eight shots, but scored 10 points in the Crimson's Tide's run to open the second half and then cooled off the rest of the way. He finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kennedy Winston also had 18 points for the Crimson Tide.
Wisconsin never trailed as Mike Wilkinson hit his first three shots to open a 7-0 lead. He finished with 15 points while Zach Morley had 13 points and seven rebounds. Tucker also had seven rebounds.