Feb. 27, 2005

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AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Alando Tucker scored 19 points and No. 20 Wisconsin relied on defense and 3-point shooting to beat Ohio State 64-56 on Sunday.

Mike Wilkinson added 14 points for the Badgers (18-7, 9-5), who remained tied for third place in the Big Ten with Indiana.

Terence Dials had 20 points to lead Ohio State (18-10, 7-7), which lost its second straight game after winning six of seven. After going 7-of-9 from the field and scoring 16 points in the first half, Dials made his first shot of the second half and then never got another one over the final 18{ minutes.

Ohio State got no closer than eight points in the second half.

Wisconsin came in permitting opponents to shoot a Big Ten-leading 31 percent from 3-point range. The Badgers limited Ohio State to 23 percent (5-of-22).

Meanwhile, the Badgers were 6-of-7 on 3s in the opening half while building a 37-27 lead. They finished 8-of-15 from behind the arc.

Tucker had a foot injury and didn’t play in the Badgers’ 72-66 victory in the first meeting. He slashed through the lane for most of his points while making his only 3-point attempt and all four free throws. He added nine rebounds as Wisconsin controlled the boards 37-24.

Dials finished 8-of-10 from the field while his teammates were a combined 12-of-40.

Wisconsin led 21-19 with 6{ minutes left in the first half before Tucker hit two 3-pointers and Michael Flowers added another on consecutive possessions for a 30-22 lead.

Ahead 37-27 at halftime, the Badgers stretched the lead to 15 points after Dials scored for Ohio State. Andreas Helmigk hit a basket, Clayton Hanson a 3-pointer and Helmigk scored again to push the lead to 44-29.

John Havlicek, a starter on Ohio State’s 1960 national championship team before starring for the Boston Celtics, had his No. 5 collegiate uniform retired during halftime ceremonies. He gave much of the credit for his success to Fred Taylor, the late Buckeyes coach. During the ceremony, Havlicek asked the crowd of almost 18,000 at Value City Arena to point to the national championship banner and say Taylor’s name.