BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Taveion Hollingsworth scored 22 points and Dalano Banton flirted with a triple-double as Western Kentucky secured an upset 83-76 win over No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday.
The Hilltoppers (7-6) trailed 34-30 at halftime, but outscored the Badgers 53-42 in the second half to steal the win.
“Second half specifically, Western Kentucky took advantage of a lot of our mistakes and made us pay,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard admitted.
“I knew watching them on film they were better than a 6-6 team. If you get some confidence and get going, which we allowed them to do, they took advantage of it and that had a snowball effect.”
Hollingsworth shot 9 of 15 from the field, while dishing out six assists and grabbed four rebounds, and Charles Bassey had 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go with six rebounds and four Blocks for Western Kentucky, which won two straight.
“We were pretty good start to finish,” Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury said. “Huge key for us was our ability to guard Happ one-on-one in that post.
“Charles’ ability to guard him one-on-one was huge. We played man for 40 minutes except the last 15 seconds. Our ability to feed from the emotion of that game was huge for us.”
Jared Savage had 16 points and five boards, Josh Anderson finished with 15 points and Banton collected eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Hilltoppers, who are now 1-1 against ranked foes this season.
“Everybody contributed, everyone sat down on their man,” Hollingsworth said. “We let our defense create the offense.
“We were getting stops and guarding their best players how they needed to be guarded and it created momentum for us.”
Brad Davison led Wisconsin with 26 points, four rebounds and four steals and Happ added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Wisconsin (10-3), which was losing to a non-ranked team for the second time this season.