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Northwestern 62, Wisconsin 51

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Mohamed Hachad scored a career-high 25
points as Northwestern beat Wisconsin 62-51 Thursday night,
snapping the Badgers' three-game win streak.

The loss puts Wisconsin (18-8, 8-5) in a tie with Illinois for
third place in the Big Ten, one game behind Ohio State and Iowa,
with three to play.

And the Badgers have Hachad to thank.

The senior guard shot 11-of-17 and hit two free throws with 47
seconds left that gave him 25 -- two more than his previous high
against Illinois last season.

Hachad drew a reaction from the Northwestern fans when he drove
along the right side for a nice reverse layup to increase
Northwestern's lead to 43-36 5:20 into the second half. That gave
him 21 points -- one more than his previous season-high.

Hachad's 22nd and 23rd points came on a dunk that made it 45-39
with about 12 minutes remaining. And the free throws near the end
boosted Northwestern's lead 60-51.

Vedran Vukusic scored 13 points and tied the school record for
3-pointers for Northwestern (13-12, 5-8), which had lost two
straight and four of six. The senior has 203 in his career -- tying
the mark set by Todd Leslie in the early 1990s -- after hitting
1-of-3 from long range.

Alando Tucker scored 14 for Wisconsin, which hosts Minnesota on
Sunday and closes the regular season with games at Michigan State
on March 2 and Iowa two days later.

With a 45-40 lead midway through the second half, Northwestern
scored seven straight and held on. Five of those points came on
free throws, with Vukusic adding a tip-in that made it 52-40 with
7:22 left.

The Badgers went about 5:30 without a point and about 8:40
without a basket before Tucker hit a jumper to make it a 10-point
game with 5:32 left. They got as close as five -- 56-51 -- after two
free throws by Kammron Taylor with 1:22 left.

After scoring 19 in a loss to Ohio State on Saturday, Hachad
picked up where he left off for Northwestern, hitting 7-of-11 shots
in the first half. Averaging 11.3 points entering the game, he had
15 at the break as Northwestern took a 31-28 lead.

Hachad caught a full-court pass from Michael Jenkins for a
layup, and after a Wisconsin turnover, he hit a 3 that made it
21-16 with 8:30 left in the first half. Hachad scored two baskets
in an 11-second span that made it 31-26, Northwestern, with 1:25
left.

A jumper by Wisconsin's Alando Tucker accounted for the halftime
score.