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Wisconsin’s Chucky Hepburn is guarded by Alonzo Verge Jr. of Nebraska during Thursday’s game in Lincoln, Neb. Wisconsin won, 73-65. Rebecca S. Gratz/Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — Brad Davison scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, freshman Chucky Hepburn added 13 in his return to his home state, and No. 11 Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 73-65 on Thursday.

Wisconsin (16-3, 7-2 Big Ten) bounced back from a 12-point home loss to Michigan State last Friday to win for the eighth time in nine games. The Badgers have won five straight conference road games.

Nebraska (6-14, 0-9) lost its seventh straight since a Dec. 22 win over Kennesaw State.

The game originally was scheduled for Tuesday but was pushed back two days to allow Nebraska to come out of a COVID-19 pause.

The Badgers used 10-of-22 shooting on 3-pointers to overcome 37% overall shooting and a slow start by Johnny Davis, who was held to a season-low 13 points.

Bryce McGowens led the Huskers with 23 points. Alonzo Verge Jr. and Lat Mayen added 11 apiece.

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(16) OHIO STATE 75, MINNESOTA 64: E.J. Liddell had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Buckeyes (13-4, 6-2 Big Ten) muscle past the Golden Gophers (11-6, 2-6) in Minneapolis

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(1) SOUTH CAROLINA 69, (24) MISSISSIPPI 40: Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 12 rebounds for her 13th straight double-double, and the Gamecocks (19-1, 7-1 SEC) improved to 9-0 against ranked opponents this season with a victory over the Rebels (17-3, 5-2) in Columbia, South Carolina.

Boston, a 6-foot-5 All-American reached 20 points for the first time in 11 games and came out on top in her showdown with Rebels star Shakira Austin, who scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

AUBURN 71, (4) TENNESSEE 61: Aicha Coulibaly had 26 points and the Tigers (9-10, 1-7 SEC) scored 11 straight late in an upset of the Vols (18-2, 7-1) at Auburn, Alabama

(5) LOUISVILLE 75, FLORIDA STATE 62: Emily Engstler scored 19 points to lead the Cardinals (17-2, 7-1 ACC) to a win over the Seminoles (9-9, 3-5) in Louisville, Kentucky.

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(7) MICHIGAN 77, (22) OHIO STATE 58: Naz Hillmon scored 20 points and became Michigan’s career leader in rebounds as the Wolverines (18-2, 9-1 Big Ten) beat the Buckeyes (15-4, 7-3) in Columbus, Ohio.

Hillmon surpassed Trish Andrew’s record of 928 rebounds during the second half. She finished with 12 for her third straight double-double and now has 935 rebounds.

(14) GEORGIA TECH 68, BOSTON COLLEGE 49: Eylia Love scored a career-high 20 points, including 10 straight in the second quarter when Georgia Tech established a double-digit lead, and the Yellow Jackets (16-4, 7-2 ACC) beat the Eagles (14-6, 5-4) in Atlanta.

Love was 9-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds for Georgia Tech, which won its third straight. Nerea Hermosa added 15 points and seven assists. Lorela Cubaj grabbed 15 rebounds and had seven assists. The Jackets finished with 24 assists on 28 field goals and shot 46%.

Cameron Swartz had 14 points, Taylor Soule 11 and Marnelle Garraud 10 for BC. The Eagles were without their third-leading scorer and top reserve Makayla Dickens, who missed her first game this season.

(20) NOTRE DAME 83, SYRACUSE 62: Olivia Miles had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Sonia Citron added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Fighting Irish (15-4, 6-2 ACC) closed on a 21-6 run to secure their 18th straight home victory against the Orange (8-10, 1-7).

All five starters scored in double figures for Notre Dame. Sam Brunelle scored 15 points off the bench, Maya Dodson had 13, Dara Mabrey 12 and Maddy Westbeld 10. Five Notre Dame players grabbed at least six rebounds as they dominated the glass 58-29 to help overcome 23 turnovers.

NORTH CAROLINA 78, (21) DUKE 62: Alyssa Ustby tossed in 20 points and Kennedy Todd-Williams scored 15 to power the Tar Heels (16-3, 6-3 ACC) past the Blue Devils (13-5, 4-4) in Durham, North Carolina.


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