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Wisconsin needs overtime to beat Michigan State for Big Ten title

Wisconsin needs overtime to beat Michigan State for Big Ten title
Wisconsin's Josh Gasser drives on Michigan State's Bryn Forbes during the first half of the Big Ten Conference tournament championship on Sunday. (Kamil Krzaczynski / AP)

Nigel Hayes scored 25 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and No. 6 Wisconsin scored 11 unansnwered points in overtime to defeat Michigan State, 90-69, on Sunday in the Big Ten tournament championship game.

Bronson Koenig scored 18 points, and the Badgers (31-3) rallied from 11 points down in the second half in an attempt to strengthen their bid for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine scored 16 points each for Michigan State (23-11). But the Spartans were outscored 31-10 over the final 11 1/2 minutes of the game and came up short after winning the tournament last year.

In the first overtime in a Big Ten title game, Hayes and Koenig hit 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes to give the Badgers a 75-69 lead. Michigan State missed all six shots and committed two turnovers in the extra period.

All that came after a wild finish in regulation.

Michigan State led 57-46 after going on a 17-5 run midway through the second half, only to have Wisconsin come back. The Badgers scored 11 straight in a 2-minute stretch and grabbed a 60-59 lead on Koenig's 3-pointer with 4:16 left.

Michigan State was up by two before Kaminsky scooped in a shot from the left block and hit a 3-pointer from NBA range to give Wisconsin a 67-64 lead with 1:44 left.

Valentine than quieted the Badgers fans with a tying 3 over Kaminsky, and Travis Trice drove down the right side for an off-balance floater to put Michigan State ahead 69-67 with 45 seconds remaining.

Koenig missed a 3 off the dribble after a timeout and the Badgers' John Gasser, trying to make a save in the corner, threw it to Valentine. Dekker then stole a bad pass from him, and Koenig hit two free throws to tie it at 69-all with 15 seconds remaining.

The game went to overtime after Dawson missed a 15-footer from the right side as time expired.

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