Max Klesmit scored all of his 18 points in the second half as No. 15 Wisconsin won its fifth straight, rallying to beat Ohio State 71-60 on Wednesday night.
A 3-pointer from Klesmit put Wisconsin up by 1 with a 5:16 left. The defense kept the clamps on Ohio State as Klesmit kept shooting, scoring nine of the last 14 points for the Badgers (12-3, 4-0 Big Ten).
“He is opportunistic,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said of the junior guard who is averaging 7.2 points per game off the bench. “He understands what his role is on this team.”
Wisconsin outscored Ohio State 19-4 in the final six minutes to pull away.
“A really gutty performance,” Gard said. “Road wins are hard to get, and you appreciate them when you get them. I’m happy for this group because they did a good job of preparation, and they came to play tonight.”
AJ Storr had 15 of his 17 points in the first half for the Badgers, the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten.
Jamison Battle had another impressive performance for Ohio State (12-4, 2-3), pacing the Buckeyes with 18 points and eight rebounds. Bruce Thornton had 13 despite missing his last four shots. The Buckeyes have lost two straight on the heels of a four-game win streak.