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Home NEWS COLLEGE BADGERS La Crosse’s King quiet, as Badgers fall to No. 20 SMU in OT
La Crosse’s King quiet, as Badgers fall to No. 20 SMU in OT

La Crosse’s King quiet, as Badgers fall to No. 20 SMU in OT

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Kobe King scored just six points in his second-career start, as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell to No. 20 Saint Mary’s 65-63 in overtime.

Up one in overtime, King committed a turnover with 1:19 remaining that led to an SMU layup, the lead, which Wisconsin never got back.

King, a La Crosse, Wis., native, scored six points, going 1-for-2 from the field and 4 of 7 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and an assist but also had four turnovers.

The Badgers, who play Eastern Illinois on Friday, got out to a well enough start, up 17-9. The Gaels answered with a 21-3 run and never trailed again, except for a brief period in overtime.

Aleem Ford tied the game with 52 seconds left in regulation but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, after SMU had two chances to win it — one rejected by Nate Reuvers.

Down 64-63 in overtime with under a minute to go, the Reuvers missed a go-ahead jumper.

SMU ran the clock down to six seconds, missed a jumper but got the offensive rebound and hit 1 of 2 free throws to go up two with 4.4 seconds left.

After that second miss, Ford got the rebound and lauched a deep 3-pointer for the win at the buzzer.

The Badgers shot 42.3 percent from the field to the Gaels’ 39.3%.

Saint Mary’s outrebounded Wisconsin 36-28, including 13-7 on the offensive end.

D’Metrik Trice, Wisconsin’s top-returning scorer, finished with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting. He missed his only field goal attempt in the first half. His first basket was a 3-pointer early in the second half.

Trice rimmed out a wide-open 3-pointer with Wisconsin trailing 54-52 with 1:37 remaining but did put Wisconsin up 63-60 with a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left in OT.


TOP PHOTO: Kobe King (23) shoots a free-throw for the Wisconsin (PHOTO: @BadgerMBB on Twitter)

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