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Badgers struggle to score but beat Dayton in Battle 4 Atlantis

Gritty, not pretty.

How else would you describe Wisconsin’s 43-42 victory over Dayton in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Wednesday?

UW missed its final six field-goal attempts and 16 of its last 17 but prevailed because of its defense.

Max Klesmit had a critical block against Kobe Elvis with one second left on the shot clock and two seconds left in the game. The Flyers then got the ball in but Elvis didn’t get the corner jumper off before the shot clock expired.

UW’s Tyler Wahl inbounded long to Klesmit, who went up high for the catch and time expired.

“Just proud of our guys how they continue to find a way,” UW coach Greg Gard said. “It wasn’t always aesthetic as we wanted, specifically on the offensive end, but defensively this group is continuing to show and grow and develop some grit and toughness and make timely plays.”

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