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Badgers upset No. 14 Gophers

Jordan Taylor scored 22 points and Jon Leuer added 16 to lead Wisconsin to a 68-60 upset of No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams in Madison, Wis.

Taylor and Leuer, both from the state of Minnesota, again played key roles in the Badgers' eighth straight win in a conference opener. Wisconsin (11-2) is 70-6 against Big Ten opponents at the Kohl Center under coach Bo Ryan.

Minnesota (11-2) took the lead on Trevor Mbawke's dunk with just under seven minutes to play, but Wisconsin answered with two three-pointers and Taylor and Leuer hit all seven free throws in the final 1:12 to seal the win.

Mbawke finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III had 14 points, including the Gophers' final six, before fouling out.

Trailing by double digits early in the second half, Mbakwe changed the momentum as the Gophers chipped away at Wisconsin's lead. His basket cut Wisconsin's lead to 50-48 and then a slam gave Minnesota a 54-53 advantage with 6:55 left, the Gophers' first lead in more than 19 minutes.

Keaton Nankivil and Taylor hit threes on trips around a basket by Sampson to put Wisconsin ahead 59-56 before both teams went cold with four straight misses on each end.

Sampson hit the first of two free throws with two minutes left, but Minnesota was able to get the loose ball and Sampson was again fouled. He again made one of two free throws and the Gophers trailed 59-58.

Taylor then forced Sampson to switch on him on defense, drove to the basket and converted a three-point play that put Wisconsin up with 1:12 left.

Sampson answered with a jumper to make it 62-60 with 53 seconds to go, but that was it.

MINNESOTA (11-2): Mbakwe 3-5 5-6 11, Williams 2-7 1-1 5, Sampson III 5-12 4-7 14, Nolen 0-6 0-0 0, Hoffarber 5-10 0-0 12, Ahanmisi 0-0 0-0 0, Hollins 0-0 0-0 0, Armelin 1-1 0-0 2, Joseph 6-13 1-1 14, Iverson 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 23-59 11-15 60.

WISCONSIN (11-2): Leuer 4-13 6-6 16, Bruesewitz 0-2 0-0 0, Nankivil 3-5 3-3 11, Taylor 6-16 8-9 22, Gasser 1-5 0-0 2, Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Jarmusz 3-3 0-0 9, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Berggren 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 21-51 17-1 8 68.

Halftime—Wisconsin 33-29. 3-Point Goals—Minnesota 3-12 (Hoffarber 2-4, Joseph 1-5, Sampson III 0-1, Nolen 0-2), Wisconsin 9-24 (Jarmusz 3-3, Nankivil 2-3, Leuer 2-5, Taylor 2-9, Berggren 0-1, Bruesewitz 0-1, Gasser 0-2). Fouled Out—Sampson III. Rebounds—Minnesota 42 (Mbakwe 11), Wisconsin 24 (Leuer 9). Assists—Minnesota 16 (Joseph 7), Wisconsin 14 (Taylor 7). Total Fouls—Minnesota 1 8, Wisconsin 16. A—17,230.

Top 25

No. 11 Kentucky 91, Coppin St. 61

COPPIN ST. (4-6): Ellis 3-10 3-4 10, Williams 1-2 1-2 3, Doughty 1-4 0-0 2, Gallo 3-11 2-2 10, Lee 4-13 2-4 11, Goldsberry 2-10 1-1 5, Simpson 1-1 0-0 3, Murray 2-3 0-0 5, Johnson 2-3 0-0 5, Kucinskas 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 22-61 9-13 61.

KENTUCKY (10-2): Jones 9-12 0-0 18, Harrellson 4-5 2-2 10, Miller 3-5 0-0 7, Knight 6-11 2-2 17, Liggins 4-8 1-1 10, Poole Jr. 0-0 1-2 1, Hood 2-7 2-2 7, Polson 0-1 0-0 0, Lamb 6-11 3-3 17, Vargas 1-1 2-4 4. Totals 35-61 13-16 91.

Halftime—Kentucky 40-19. 3-Point Goals—Coppin St. 8-25 (Gallo 2-7, Kucinskas 1-1, Johnson 1-1, Simpson 1-1, Murray 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Lee 1-8, Goldsberry 0-2), Kentucky 8-22 (Knight 3-5, Lamb 2- 5, Miller 1-3, Liggins 1-4, Hood 1-4, Jones 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Coppin St. 22 (Goldsberry, Kucinskas 4), Kentucky 43 (Liggins 8). Assists—Coppin St. 10 (Goldsberry 6), Kentucky 21 (K night 8). Total Fouls—Coppin St. 15, Kentucky 15. A—24,329.

No. 12 Purdue 80, Michigan 57

PURDUE (12-1): J. Johnson 6-16 10-10 22, Byrd 0-3 0-0 0, Jackson 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 6-7 0-0 17, Moore 8-16 2-4 21, T. Johnson 4-6 0-1 10, Day 0-0 0-0 0, Barlow 2-4 0-0 4, Anthrop 0-0 0-0 0, Bade 0-1 0-0 0, C arroll 0-0 0-0 0, Marcius 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-59 12-15 80.

MICHIGAN (10-3): Smotrycz 2-3 0-0 6, Morgan 4-7 0-0 8, Novak 1-4 0-0 3, Douglass 6-10 0-0 15, Hardaway Jr. 3-8 2-2 9, Morris 3-14 2-4 9, Akunne 0-0 0-0 0, Vogrich 0-1 0-0 0, Horford 1-5 2-2 4, Bartelstein 1- 2 0-0 3, Christian 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-55 6-8 57.

Halftime—Purdue 30-26. 3-Point Goals—Purdue 10-18 (Smith 5-6, Moore 3-5, T. Johnson 2-4, Byrd 0-3), Michigan 9-23 (Douglass 3-6, Smotrycz 2-3, Bartelstein 1-2, Hardaway Jr. 1-2, Novak 1-3, Mo rris 1-5, Horford 0-1, Vogrich 0-1). Fouled Out—Smotrycz. Rebounds—Purdue 38 (Moore 9), Michigan 30 (Hardaway Jr., Novak 5). Assists—Purdue 19 (Jackson 6), Michigan 12 (Morris 6). Total Fouls—Purdue 15, Michigan 19. A—13,751.

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