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Wisconsin rallies for 47-43 win over Pitt in NCAA first round

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Ethan Happ had 15 points and nine rebounds and seventh-seeded Wisconsin edged No. 10 seed Pitt 47-43 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Happ made several clutch plays down the stretch with steals, rebounds and baskets—scoring a game-high 15 points and gathering nine rebounds to lead the Badgers—but the freshman forward had two plays in particular that made the difference in the game.

Happ assisted on a 3-point shot by Vitto Brown with 2:37 left to play to put the Badgers up 42-40. Next, he grabbed a miss on a 3-point attempt by James Artis and on the ensuing possession nailed a jumper with 1:37 remaining to put Wisconsin up by four at 44-40.

Artis followed with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one at 44-43 with 41 seconds remaining. Pitt got a stop on defense on the next possession and James Robinson raced down the court to try to win the game for the Panthers. But the senior point guard rushed his shot, bumped into teammate Michael Young on the way to the basket, and Happ got the big rebound.

Pitt led 20-8 with 5:38 remaining in the first half and was up 22-16 at halftime but was doomed by turnovers as well as cold shooting in the second half.

Pitt shot 37.5 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from the 3-point line on Friday.

Hayes had 12 points and Brown had 11 points to lead the Badgers (21-12) who won despite shooting 32.1 percent from the floor and 21.1 percent from long distance.

Artis was the only Panthers player in double figures with 13, Robinson had 10 rebounds and four assists but missed his last 11 shots of the game.

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