Michigan State 64

(5-7, 0-1 Big Ten)

(21) Wisconsin 77

(11-2, 2-0 Big Ten)

    12:00 PM ET, January 10, 2004

    Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

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    Wisconsin remains perfect at home

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has a lot to like about his team right now.

    "We've got good players who are playing hard and trying to play smart, and they're competitors and they're tough and I like coaching them," Ryan said after the Badgers' 77-64 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.

    Devin Harris scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Wisconsin (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its 22nd straight home game.

    Boo Wade had a career-high 15 points and reserve Zach Morley added 13 for the Badgers (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP), who are 18-0 in Big Ten home games under Ryan.

    Chris Hill and Kelvin Torbert each scored 13 points for Michigan State (5-7, 0-1), while Paul Davis added 12.

    Wisconsin is after its third straight Big Ten title.

    "We really don't care what other people think," Ryan said, "other than they know that we played hard and hopefully smart. The Badgers did both Saturday, beating the Spartans in nearly every aspect of the game."

    Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field, outscored Michigan State 24-13 at the free throw line and turned the Spartans 17 turnovers into 25 points.

    "It's disappointing because I still feel this team is not playing the way that this program has played," said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, whose team fell to 0-6 against ranked opponents this season. "I do not think we've been physical and tough enough; give Wisconsin credit on that."

    Izzo was frustrated by the way the referees called the game. Michigan State was whistled for 27 fouls to Wisconsin's 13.

    In turn, the Badgers shot 35 free throws, 22 more than the Spartans, who were a perfect 13-of-13 from the line.

    "I felt like there was a lot of physical play inside," Izzo said. "I thought it was knick-knack on one end and not on the other."

    Alan Anderson hit a 3-pointer to pull Michigan State within 59-50 with 10:27 remaining.

    But Harris scored five points and Morley had three in an 8-0 run that pushed Wisconsin's lead to 67-50 with 7:13 left.

    Led by Morley, the Badgers' bench outscored Michigan State's 28-11.

    Wisconsin also got a lift off the bench from Clayton Hanson, who scored all nine of his points in the first half and keyed the Badgers' comeback after a slow start.

    Michigan State scored the first nine points of the game and led 17-5 after making its first eight shots from the field. But the Spartans missed their next eight shots and Hanson scored six points to key a 13-0 run that gave the Badgers an 18-17 lead.

    Michigan State regained the lead at 22-20 on a 3-pointer by Anderson, but Wisconsin answered with a 15-3 run to take a 35-25 lead.

    "We weren't really that aggressive early," said Harris, who was 6-of-11 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. "But it's nothing to panic about because we know shots are going to fall, especially at home.

    "We knew we were going to come back. It was all about patience."

    And playing with toughness, something Izzo feels the Spartans lack this season.

    "We were a team that when you smashed us in the mouth, we smashed you back," Izzo said. "And right now were not doing that."

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