Northwestern (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten) pulled off another shocker Wednesday, defeating No. 14 Wisconsin (17-4, 4-4) on the road, 65-56. It was the Wildcats’ first win at Wisconsin since 1996 and their first ever in the Kohl Center.
The Wildcats, who began Big Ten play at 0-3, have now won three of their last four games and four of their last six. They stand in sixth place in the Big Ten, only a half-game behind Minnesota and Wisconsin for fourth.
After Wisconsin took a 35-34 lead with 11:25 left, Northwestern went on top for the first time in the second half with a quick, 8-0 spurt. That turned into a 15-2 extended run as Wisconsin could not get anything to drop from the field.
The Wildcats eventually built their lead to as many as 15 points at 54-39 entering the final three minutes.
Wisconsin sophomore Sam Dekker finally ended the Badgers’ 12:14 field-goal drought with an and-one at the 2:47 mark.
A string of Northwestern turnovers against the Wisconsin’s pressure allowed the Badgers to claw within two points with 41 seconds still on the clock.
The Wildcats finally got their act together for the last few possessions, breaking the pressure and getting to the foul line.
Northwestern senior Drew Crawford made 3-of-4 at the foul line in the final 30 seconds. During that time period, Wisconsin committed an offensive foul and then missed a desperation shot on its final possession.
Crawford led the Wildcats with a season-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting. The senior also recorded eight rebounds and three assists.
Junior guard JerShon Cobb posted 10 points, including a pair of clutch three-pointers in the second half, and six rebounds.
Sophomore Tre Demps added 10 points and five assists off the bench.
Wisconsin was led by 21 points and five steals from senior guard Ben Brust, and Dekker recorded 11 points.
Northwestern wraps up its road trip Saturday at Minnesota (15-6, 4-4).