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La Crosse’s Davis goes off in final minutes — again — scores Badgers’ final 13 to beat Indiana

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Wisconsin's Johnny Davis (1) and Chucky Hepburn (23) celebrate following an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Bloomington, Ind. Wisconsin won 74-69. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

When the game was on the line, La Crosse native Johnny Davis put the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team on his back — again.

Down five with just under 4 minutes to play at Indiana, the 6-foot-5 guard scored Wisconsin’s final 13 points to get the 74-69 win.

Davis scored 13. Indiana scored three in those last 3 minutes, 39 seconds.

The sophomore finished with 30 — his second-highest point total of his career. He went a ridiculous 10-for-15 from the field — shot and missed one 3-pointer — to go with 11 rebounds, a steal, a block, an assist and four turnovers.

Davis also hit 10 of 14 free throws for No. 15 Wisconsin, which was up 32-31 at halftime.

Leading up to that final stretch, Davis had struggled a bit. He hit his first two jumpers out of the locker room but proceeded to go 1-for-5 from the field with three turnovers.

During that final stretch, however, Davis was 3-for-3 from the field and 7 of 9 from the free throw line.

Teammate Brad Davison scored 21, going 3 of 8 from deep and 10-for-10 from the line. The Badgers (19-5, 10-4) outscored the Hoosiers (16-8, 7-7) 22-14 at the stripe.

It was a bounce back game for Davis, who had just 13 points Saturday in a loss to Rutgers. He came in having his two lowest point totals of the season in the past three games.

This Indiana win was also a bit of an extension of what Davis did against Minnesota, scoring the game’s final six points, as the Badgers beat the Gophers by, of course, six points.

Davis’ career high came when he scored 37 against No. 3 Purdue. He also scored 30 points against No. 12 Houston. Davis leads the nation in scoring against Top 25 teams.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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