Nigel Hayes

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (right), who had 15 points and whose three-point play in overtime broke a 55-55 tie to give Wisconsin the lead for good, shoots against Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon during the first half of the Badgers’ 66-58, overtime win over the Orange on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Dec. 2, Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York

Season record: 5-3

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Say this for a University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team that is lacking in a lot of areas at this stage of the season, with experience topping that list:

Just when it might seem like they’re down for the count, the Badgers have shown the ability to pick themselves up off the mat and continue fighting.

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UW has followed all three of its losses this season with victories, the most surprising of which came Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.

Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, junior forward Nigel Hayes gave a struggling offense a big lift with his scoring and passing and the Badgers upset No. 14 Syracuse 66-58 in overtime in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

UW may be young, but the toughness that has been one of the bedrocks of coach Bo Ryan’s successful run has been on display at some crucial times already this season.

“I think we’re getting there,” Hayes said after producing 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. “We’re not as tough as last year’s team or as tough as we’re going to be down the road, but the adversity we went through today will definitely put some hair on the you-know-whats.”

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