ISLAND, Bahamas - Duje Dukan thought he had created a
turnover with a held ball. The referees said he was
guilty of a foul instead.
a play that won't make highlight reels, won't get
pointed to in any boxscore.
it sparked No. 2 Wisconsin into finding a way to
survive its first test this season.
Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes' acrobatic tip-in
with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and
Wisconsin overcame a nine-point second-half deficit to
beat upset-minded Georgetown 68-65 on Thursday in the
Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.
have bruises," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said.
"And I was watching."
Badgers hadn't trailed in the second half this season,
but found themselves down 53-44 with 11:36 left. A
22-6 run put Wisconsin (5-0) up for good, and the
Badgers could finally exhale when D'Vauntes
Smith-Rivera's 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.
who was 5 for 5 from beyond the arc until the game's
final shot, led all scorers with 29 for Georgetown
was a fairly good look," Smith-Rivera said.
"I knew they were going to trap me coming off the
screen, so I kind of wanted to take them away and come
back and get a better look at the basket. But it
didn't go down."
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (4) hustles to get away
from Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig (24) their game
in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament
in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Thursday.
will face Oklahoma in Friday's title game. Georgetown,
which got 10 points from Joshua Smith, will play
Butler in an all-Big East matchup for third place.
first two games have felt like Big East games, to be
honest with you," Georgetown coach John Thompson
III said. "So why not make it official
Koenig tied a career best with 14 points for
Wisconsin, which survived despite a six-point, 1-for-8
shooting day from standout center Frank Kaminsky.
was called for a foul with 7:25 left, arguing it to no
took his frustration out on the Hoyas instead.
scored all eight of his points in the next 80 seconds,
turning a four-point deficit into a two-point
Wisconsin lead with 6:04 left and the Badgers didn't
trail again. He also dove for a loose ball after
Kaminsky missed a free throw, and on that extended
possession Koenig made a jumper for a 62-59 lead with
kind of was the trigger point for me," Dukan
said. "Got me amped up."
players didn't get back to their hotel rooms until
around 1 a.m. Friday, thanks to the Hoyas needing
overtime to beat No. 18 Florida 66-65 in the
than 15 hours later, they tipped off against the
might be overrated: The Hoyas made their first six
shots. Midway through the second half, Georgetown was
at 61 percent shooting for the game, but the Hoyas
missed eight of their final 10 shots.
the game, Wisconsin had nine assists and 14 turnovers,
while Georgetown had seven assists and 15 turnovers.
how hard we were playing each other," Ryan said.
The Hoyas were playing Wisconsin for the first time
since Dec. 28, 1982, the season after Georgetown lost
to Michael Jordan and North Carolina in the NCAA title
game. ... Georgetown was just 1 for 2 from the foul
line in the first half, while Wisconsin was 13 for 18.
Among the musical selections blaring during Wisconsin
games at Atlantis: The march "On,
Wisconsin!" and "Jump Around,"
traditionally played before fourth quarters of
football games at Camp Randall Stadium. ... G Josh
Gasser started his 110th game. Syracuse's Rakeem
Christmas (114) is the only active Division I player
with more starts than Gasser.
was the 34th time in Kaminsky's career that he took at
least eight shots from the floor. He had never shot
worse than 30 percent in any of those games, until
trailed 35-34 at the half, despite Wisconsin being
ahead for only 56 seconds in the first 20 minutes. For
the game, the Hoyas trailed for just 9:04.
Faces Butler in Friday's third-place game.
Faces Oklahoma in Friday's championship game.