Originally created 12/30/04

Badgers remain tough at home



MADISON, Wis. - Alando Tucker scored 21 points and Wisconsin stifled No. 18 Alabama's high-powered offense in a 76-62 victory Wednesday night that extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games.

The Badgers (9-2) took a 33-23 halftime lead behind the Big Ten's best defense. Alabama, the Southeastern Conference's leading offense at better than 86 points per game, scored on seven straight possessions to start the second half, cutting the lead 42-37. But the Crimson Tide (10-2) went scoreless for almost 3 minutes after Ronald Steele's basket cut the lead to 54-46 with 6:18 left.

Tucker's 3-pointer gave the Badgers a 65-48 lead, their biggest of the game, and Wisconsin cruised from there.

The Badgers haven't lost at Kohl Center since Dec. 4, 2002, when Wake Forest beat them 90-80.

NO. 8 KENTUCKY 82, CAMPBELL 50

In Lexington, Ky., Tubby Smith won his 200th game as Kentucky's basketball coach.

Freshman center Randolph Morris led Kentucky with a career-high 25 points on 11 of 14 shooting and Kelenna Azubuike added 14 points as the Wildcats (9-1) won their fifth straight game.

Kentucky will begin Southeastern Conference play next Wednesday against South Carolina and has one nonconference game remaining, at home against No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 9.

NO. 23 MICHIGAN ST. 92, N. CAROLINA-ASHEVILLE 63

In East Lansing, Mich., Paul Davis and Kelvin Torbert led a balanced offense with 15 points each.

Alan Anderson had 14 points, Shannon Brown 13 and Maurice Ager 11 for the Spartans (8-2), who shot 56.4 percent from the field and led by as many as 37 points in their only game in a 15-day span.

WEST VIRGINIA 71, NO. 20 G. WASHINGTON 65

In Morgantown, W.Va., Mike Gansey scored 19 points and D'or Fischer added 14 as the Mountaineers improved to 9-0 for the first time in 44 years.

George Washington (8-2) had its eight-game winning streak snapped and was held below 70 points for the first time this season.

NO. 15 TEXAS 100, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 82

In Austin, Texas, P.J. Tucker scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Longhorns (9-2) fell behind 70-66 midway through the second half on David President's layup. But Tucker then scored six points during an 11-1 run that gave Texas the lead for good. The Longhorns then went on a 25-5 run to put the game out of reach.

AUGUSTA STATE 71, LENOIR-RHYNE 59

In Hickory, N.C., freshman Cameron Tovey scored a career-high 20 points.

Senior Clarence Brown and junior Dean Brebner each scored nine points for the Jaguars (6-3).

Augusta State led 43-28 at halftime and hit 8 of 19 3-point attempts.