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Badgers advance with win over Titans

first_img?OMAHA, Neb. ?Cal State Fullerton was thinking big. Wisconsin was plain old big. In the end,it was the big bodies that prevailed over the big hopes.Thethird-seeded Badgers were able to overpower the 14th-seeded Titans, shuttingdown the upset bid Thursday night with a 71-56 victory that advanced them tothe second round of the NCAA tournament.That doesn?tmean it was easy, though. CSF didn?t back down from UW, keeping it closethroughout and even providing a little bit of a scare early on.?This is theNCAA tournament. You expect everything. You expect good teams and you expect togive your best. It?s win or go home,? senior Brian Butch said. ?We knew theywere a heck of a team when we got here, and they fought us hard and continuedto fight us hard the entire game.?Though Cal Stateheld a brief 31-30 second-half lead, Wisconsin used a 15-3 run to pull away forthe win.?This teamhas played a lot of games, and we?ve been down and we?ve come back fromdeficits,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?This team has matured, and we showedthat tonight. We didn?t panic. We stayed focused and stuck to the game plan.?CSF?sstarting lineup included two players under six feet, and the biggest Titanplayer in the rotation stood at just 6-feet-5-inches. With such a large sizeadvantage, UW was able to grab 51 rebounds, just one off of its season high and24 more than its opponent.?It doesn?treally matter how small they are,? Butch said. ?They did a pretty good job ofcontrolling us on the glass for a while.?One of theTitans? smallest players, 5-foot-11-inch guard Josh Akognon was the one doingthe most damage. The guard went off for 31 points, including five made3-pointers, pulled down eight rebounds, and almost single-handedly kept thegame close at times.?He hit sometough shots to put up some points there, but he?s a great player,? guard JasonBohannon said. ?We just tried to focus on our defense and make them do thingsthey didn?t want to do.?Fullertoncame out of the gates firing, eventually opening up a 16-10 lead before a 16-2Wisconsin run made it 26-18. Just when it looked like UW was starting to takecontrol though, the Titans ran off an 8-0 stretch of its own to tie the game at28 before a Greg Stiemsma put-back made it 30-28 at the half.?Every gamehas a run,? Butch said. ?They had a run, and we had a run.?Wisconsinwas able to wear down its opponent early in the second half by getting Fullertoninto foul trouble. The Titans picked up 25 fouls over the course of the game ? 16in the second half ? and lost second-leading scorer and rebounder FrankRobinson when the senior fouled out with almost ten minutes left to play in thegame.?You know wehad a hard time, because of that foul situation,? Titan coach Bob Burton said.?We wanted to get pressure and every time we seemed to get close, there was afoul. Frank Robinson started to play really good, and the next minute he fouledout of the game. It really had our rotation kind of fouled up because we?rereally not that deep of a team.?UW washampered by some foul trouble of its own in the first half as sophomore TrevonHughes picked up a pair of fouls in the game?s first eight minutes and wasforced to sit the rest of the half. Hughes played most of the second half,however, and finished the game with eight points and four steals.Butch ledthe team in scoring with 14 points while Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannoneach had 13. Landry finished the game with 12 rebounds.?We kind of all tryto do the little things, the intangibles,? senior Greg Stiemsma said. ?It mightnot always be the prettiest game, but we?ve been winning with it so we?re goingto stick to it.?last_img read more