No. 23 Wisconsin defeats Georgia Tech for fourth straight win

Brad Davison scored 27 points and Johnny Davis added 15 to power No. 23 Wisconsin to a 70-66 victory over host Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday at Atlanta.

The Badgers (6-1) also got nine points from Tyler Wahl to extend their winning streak to four games and end Georgia Tech’s streak at five games.

The Yellow Jackets squandered a fantastic performance from Michael Devoe, who scored 33 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

Davison shot 9-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, while Davis went 4-for-9 from the field and made half of his four 3-point attempts. Wisconsin shot 42.6 percent (23-for-54) from the field, including 37.5 percent (9-for-24) from 3-point range.

Khalid Moore scored all eight of his points in the first half for Georgia Tech (5-2), while Deivon Smith scored all nine of his points in the second half and also finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. Devoe scored 16 second-half points and finished with six rebounds.

Leading 44-41 after Rodney Howard’s free throw with 13:39 remaining, Davison became unstoppable as the Badgers extended their lead. He scored on each of the Badgers’ next four possessions, accounting for all of their points during a 9-2 spurt that pushed the lead to 53-43 with 11:45 remaining, prompting Georgia Tech to call timeout.

The Yellow Jackets countered by going on an 18-8 run to tie the game at 61 on Devoe’s three-point play with 5:27 remaining.

But Wisconsin’s Chucky Hepburn made two free throws and Wahl followed with a layup with 3:34 left to give Wisconsin a 65-61 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

The Badgers closed the game out at the free throw line, where they shot 15-for-22.

Neither team led by more than six points during an evenly played first half that ended with Wisconsin leading 32-31 after Davis hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left.

Davison scored 13 first-half points and was 4-of-7 shooting and Davis added 12 to carry the Badgers, who shot 34.6 percent (9-for-26) from the floor before halftime, including 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from beyond the arc.

Devoe scored 17 first-half points on 6-for-10 shooting that included going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

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