Chucky Hepburn scored a career-high 27 points and Max Kressmit scored all seven points as Wisconsin beat Liberty 75-71 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. .
The second-seeded Badgers (19-14) advanced to the quarterfinals against the winners of first-seeded Oregon (20-14) and Central Florida (19-15).
Wisconsin went on a winning streak for the first time since January 3, with Tyler Wall scoring 16 and Stephen Kroll scoring 14. The Badgers beat Bradley in his NIT opener, he went 81-62.
Darius McGee, the fourth-leading scorer in the nation with an average of 22.6 per game, scored 31 points (27-9) for the Liberty. He made 10 of 25 shots, including 4 of his 15 shots from across the arc.
Zach Cleveland scored low to put the Liberty up 71–70 with 1:08 remaining and Krezmitt retook the lead for Wisconsin after banking on the drive on the ensuing possession.
Connor Essegian hit the second of two free throws to double the advantage with 24 seconds remaining. McGhee missed a drive and Klesmit was fouled on the rebound.
Kressmit hit both free throws to make it 75-71 with six seconds remaining.
Kressmit made the Badgers’ first 3-pointer after 14 mistakes to put Wisconsin up 68-67. McGee fought back with a layup, putting the Flames in front 69-68 with 1:53 remaining.
Kyle Lord hit back-to-back 3-point shots to add momentum to a 10-0 run that Liberty led 50-46 with 13:33 remaining.
Kroll was called for an offensive foul, his fourth with 10:35 remaining, and McGee fought back with a 3-pointer from the top to put the Flames up 61-54.
Hepburn and Kroll scored a combined 33 points in the first half and Wisconsin had a 37–34 lead at the break.
Hepburn scored 19 points in the first half, shooting 7-of-11 and shooting 5-of-7 from the line. Kroll, who scored his career-high 36 points against Bradley, scored 14 at the break to make him 7-for-8.
Kroll was called a fragrant one foul and a technical with 49 seconds remaining and the Flames hit three of his four free throws to pull within 35-34.
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