Hot shooting carries Badgers to 79-71 victory

first_imgJared Berggren led the Badgers\’ post presence with 16 points and nine boards.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS – His first Big Ten tournament victory since 2008 wasn’t the only achievement Bo Ryan left the court with Friday, as Wisconsin’s 79-71 win over the Indiana Hoosiers also made him the winningest head coach in program history. With the victory, the Badgers will square off with Michigan State in Saturday’s Big Ten tournament semifinals.Despite playing in front of a crowd that recreated the raucous Assembly Hall atmosphere in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Ryan earned his 266th win with the Badgers to pass legendary coach Bud Foster. Though Indiana never built a lead of more than two and were never up in the final 20 minutes, the Hoosiers climbed within three at the 1:55 mark and refused to let Wisconsin’s hot-handed offense take control.With just under four minutes on the clock, Hoosiers guard Jordan Hulls sunk a jumper that brought his team within one at 63-62, but Jared Berggren and Rob Wilson quieted the run as UW finally built a substantial lead in the game’s closing minute.“Every time we were close to getting momentum going back our way, they made a big play,” Indiana head coach Tom Crean said. “And it was usually Rob Wilson making that play.”Senior swingman Wilson turned into the story of the game – finishing with 30 points on his way to sinking seven three-pointers – but strong, team-wide shooting carried the Badgers through both halves. Finishing 50 percent (13 of 26) from beyond the arc and 48 percent from the field, Wisconsin’s ability to build a rhythm from outside allowed them to push away a talented Indiana squad in the game’s most critical moments.The Hoosiers matched Wilson and co. with similarly strong shooting numbers, but a pair of blocks inside the closing three minutes by Berggren and fellow forward Ryan Evans gave UW the lift it needed to hand Jordan Taylor his first-ever Big Ten tournament win.“Both of those turned out to be pretty big plays,” Berggren said. “They were kind of chipping away at our lead and trying to make a comeback, so any time you can get a stop when they’re trying to get a little momentum going, trying to get the crowd back into it, things like that – both of them were big.”Indiana – powered by three 17-point performances from Hulls and forwards Christian Watford and Cody Zeller – began to chip away at the lead after the midway point of the first half. The Hoosiers went into the locker room down by just five with the crowd growing louder, but it was Wilson who refused to let IU capture the lead.Though the game often turned into the Rob Wilson show, his open looks outside came as a product of Berggren’s success closer to the hoop. The redshirt junior scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and converted all five of his chances from the charity stripe.“They did a great job of fighting back. Every time we kind of pushed our lead up, they just kind of threw it right back down to two or three,” Taylor, a senior guard, said. “We did just a good enough job, like coach said, to withstand the runs.”The Badgers surrendered 71 points to Indiana – the second most any opponent has managed against UW’s stingy defense this year – and struggled to slow down Indiana’s success from the field. Unlike the first matchup between these teams in late January, Big TenFreshman of the Year Cody Zeller found success in the paint andfinished with 17 points. Despite the halftime adjustments Ryan made inan attempt keep the ball out of the post, the freshman forward made morethan half of his shots from the floor and landed Berggren in foultrouble late.However, Wisconsin’s combination of timely stops and dynamic shooting proved to be just enough for a nail-biting victory. As the Badgers worked the ball around the perimeter, Ryan felt his team’s passes and quick ball movement created high percentage shots. “I thought our guys moved the ball extremely well,” Ryan said. “Wasn’t that Indiana wasn’t playing good defense, I just thought we made the extra pass several times and I thought guys spaced better than we have in some games. I think that allowed for open looks.”As the Badgers prepare for a matchup with Michigan State on the same floor Saturday, Wisconsin’s new all-time wins leader believes his team’s ability to win on the road could be key to a championship game run.“We’ve been pretty good on the road, so I wasn’t concerned about that,” Ryan said. “Our guys have confidence away from the Kohl Center … they believe they can get things done.”last_img read more

Stars, Golden Knights win Game 7s to reach Western finals

first_imgLast Updated: 5th September, 2020 09:35 IST Stars, Golden Knights Win Game 7s To Reach Western Finals Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008 SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.Kiviranta moved away from the crease just before his quick shot on a pass from Andrej Sekera from behind the net. Kiviranta was playing only his third postseason game, on the ice for the series finale with Andrew Cogliano unfit to play, after the 24-year-old forward scored once in 11 regular-season games.It was only the seventh Game 7 hat trick in NHL history, and the first since Wayne Gretzky for the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 conference finals.Dallas will play Sunday night against Vegas, a 3-0 winner over Vancouver in a Game 7 later at Rogers Place. There had never been an NHL Game 7 played at a neutral site before the two games.The Avalanche, who also lost in Game 7 of last season’s conference semis, were trying to get to their first conference final since 2002, and forced Game 7 after being down 3-1.Alexander Radulov scored two goals for Dallas, tying it at 3 with 8:32 left. That was only a couple of minutes after Radulov came out of the penalty box for an interference penalty.But in a series when the two teams combined for 57 goals, and were tied four times in the finale, they scored 10 seconds apart late in regulation. Colorado had a 4-3 lead with 3:40 left in regulation after Vladislav Namestnikov scored his second goal of the game. But 10 seconds later, Kiviranta scored his second goal.Stars goalie Anton Khudobin made 40 saves.Nazeem Kadri had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. They played without captain Gabriel Landeskog (unfit to play) and didn’t get a point from scoring wizard Nathan MacKinnon for the first time in 15 games this postseason.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, CANUCKS 0Shea Theodore finally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 remaining in the third period and Vegas edged Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Game 7 of their second-round series.Theodore’s goal was the first in 138:40 for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie who had brought Vancouver back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and held off Vegas for most of this game, too. Then Theodore scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic and past Demko, who had made 98 consecutive saves.Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty-net goals.Vegas outshot the Canucks 36-14 in the game and 127-55 over the final three. It was barely enough. The Golden Knights will face Dallas for a berth in the Stanley Cup final.Robin Lehner had his third shutout of the series, and his sensational glove save on Brock Boeser in the second period kept the game scoreless.Image credits: AP LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 09:35 IST Written By FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Cruise Lines Internatio

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced enhancements for the 2018 Cruise Industry Awards with a refreshed award slate and an updated nominations and judging process.From 2019, ‘the CLIAs’ – the official cruise industry’s annual ‘night of nights’ – will take on a new look and feel, with the addition of new and updated awards, a new and more open online nomination and submission process, and a revamped judging panel including, for the first time, a separate local judging panel for New Zealand awards.In announcing the launch of the 2018 Awards, CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said the ‘CLIAs’ were evolving in line with the ever-changing industry.“The Cruise Industry Awards has always been about recognising excellence in our industry and just as we have been doing for the past 17 years, the event will continue to be a celebration of CLIA travel agent members and cruise media. But things change over time and it’s important that we continue to recognise the great achievements of our partners. These changes reflect how our industry has grown and evolved since our first awards night back in 2002,” Katz said.“We’re updating the awards, nomination criteria and judging in the hope of inspiring individual member agents and both large and small agencies to engage with and champion the cruise industry and focus on innovation and training, as well as deliver exceptional cruise sales.”Changes include:Updated nomination criteria that recognise marketing activity, investment in product training and innovation and engagement with CLIA, as well as cruise sales.A new award category, ‘Cruise Champion’, will recognise an individual agent who goes above and beyond to champion the cruise industryThe Cruise Agency of the Year award will separately recognise small agencies with one branch and larger agencies with several locations or brands.The Rising Star Award will be broadened to consider achievement, skill development, drive for excellence and future potential.11 awards will now be open for self-nomination or peer nomination.There will be separate NZ and Australia judging panels.The 18th annual Cruise Industry Awards will be held at The Star, Sydney on Saturday 23 February, 2019. Nominations for the 2018 Awards close on Friday 14 December.For more information on the awards, to nominate, and to purchase tickets, see back to the enewsletterlast_img read more