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No. 3 Kansas beats Badgers with winner in final second of OT; La Crosse’s Davis struggles again



In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Wisconsin's Jordan Davis (2) blocks a shot by Kansas' KJ Adams Jr. (2) during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)

A final-second loss to No. 3 Kansas on Thanksgiving, for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament from the Bahamas.

Bobby Pettiford Jr. ran in from near midcourt for an offensive rebound, and put in a twisting reverse with .2 seconds left in overtime to give the Jayhawks a 69-68 win.

“I mean, I normally don’t crash but that’s the one time I get to crash,” Pettiford said.

La Crosse native Jordan Davis played just 18 minutes and didn’t score, going 0-for-5 from the field, 0-for-3 from deep. He had four rebounds and an assist. He did not, however, get credit for a block, which can clearly be seen on the above picture.

That coming off a Wisconsin 44-43 win over Dayton the day before, where Davis was just 1-for-7 from the field, scoring two in 32 minutes.

Against Kanas (6-0), Wisconsin (4-1) rallied from down 15 early in the second half, led by Tyler Wahl, who had 14 of his 23 points after the break. That included a run of nine straight for Wahl, when Wisconsin was down eight with just over 3 minutes to go in regulation.

Wahl also gave the Badgers a one-point lead with 21 seconds to go in OT, setting up the heroics for Kanasas.

Both teams were dismal from the field, shooting exactly the same 38.7 percent from the field and under 32 percent from beyond the arc. Kansas helped UW out going 12-for-21 from the free-throw line.

Wisconsin gets Wake Forest at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night.

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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