A back and forth, highly contested game between Temple and Wisconsin ended up being a tie game at 55-55 with 1:00 left. Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. attacked the hoop and got fouled by Ethan Happ, sending him to the free throw line. He hit his 49th and 50th consecutive free throws to give Temple a two-point lead.
Happ came down and missed a post hook, which Temple secured. After Alston air-balled a three-point attempt, it was the Badgers ball with 27.6 seconds remaining to tie the game or take the lead.
Kobe King came off a screen with a good look from three with around 10 seconds left, but the freshman missed off the left side of the rim. Temple grabbed the rebound, and Alston Jr. went to the free throw line and promptly hit his 51st and 52nd straight free throws, icing the win for the Owls 59-55.
Alston Jr. came into the game shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arch. He continued his hot stroke, scoring 22 points for the Owls on two-of-four shooting from beyond the arch.
The Badgers were down 47-41 with just over 10 minutes left, Badgers took 53-50 lead after a 12-3 run with about five minutes left in the game. Happ had eight points in the run and assisted on a Khalil Iverson dunk. However, Temple would score nine of the game’s final 12 points, handing Wisconsin their sixth loss in eight games.
Wisconsin falls to 4-6 on the season.
Temple won the game despite shooting just 3-of-14 from three-point range and 8-of-15 from the free throw line.
The Badgers didn’t do themselves any help, shooting 5-of-20 from beyond the arch, continuing what has been a tough shooting season for Greg Gard’s squad. Wisconsin only received four points from the bench on 2-of-12 shooting and 0-of-8 from the three-point line.
Over the past couple of games, defenses have done a good job of slowing All-American Ethan Happ down. Happ was held to single-digit scoring performances in the Badgers’ past two games.
Happ had it going on Wednesday night, scoring 23 points and dishing three assists, but he got blocked twice and missed a shot in the final minutes as the Badgers hope for an upset stalled out.
No other Badgers were in double-figures. Iverson had nine, Ford and Davison chipped in eight apiece.
Quinton Rose scored at least 20 points in four of Temple’s six games this season. Wisconsin did an excellent job of containing him holding him to just nine points, but ultimately the Badgers couldn’t muster up enough on the offensive end to take advantage. Obi Enechionyia chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks for the Owls, who improve to 5-2 on the season.
Wisconsin has in-state rival Marquette in the Kohl Center on Saturday.