No. 7 Wolverines outlast Badgers

Michigan guard Zavier Simpson looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By NOAH

TRISTER

AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR — Jon Teske had 17 points and 12 rebounds, holding his own inside against Ethan Happ, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lift No. 7 Michigan over No. 19 Wisconsin 61-52 on Saturday.

The Big Ten-leading Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) avenged one of their two losses this season despite going 0 for 10 from 3-point range in the second half. Michigan led 51-50 in a tight defensive struggle before pulling away with eight straight points.

Happ had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, but the Badgers (17-7, 9-4) had their six-game winning streak snapped. That run began with a 64-54 win over then-undefeated Michigan last month.

Happ had 26 points and 10 rebounds in that game, and it looked like he was headed to a similar output. He dominated early and had 14 points by halftime, but the 7-foot-1 Teske began containing him, and Happ picked up a crucial third foul early in the second half.

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