MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- James Augustine's late slams for Illinois signaled the end of Wisconsin's home winning streak.
Augustine dunked twice in the last three minutes and finished with 14 points as top-ranked Illinois continued its undefeated start with a 75-65 Big Ten Conference victory over Wisconsin, which had its 38-game winning streak at the Kohl Center snapped.
"The guys weren't worried about the streak, it was a Big Ten Conference game, that's all they were playing for," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who absorbed his first league loss in 27 home games. "We just didn't get that done. That's what the guys were thinking about. If you've ever been in that situation, that's what you'd think about."
The two dunks by Augustine highlighted a 10-0 run where the Fighting Illini (20-0, 6-0 Big Ten) turned a 64-61 deficit into a seven-point lead with just 78 seconds remaining. After battling shot for shot with the top-ranked team in the nation, the Badgers slumped down the stretch, missing their final five attempts.
"We picked it up defensively," said Illinois coach Bruce Weber about his team's late comeback. "I'm not sure if they got a little stagnant, or tight as it got down the stretch or if we just defended well. We got some deflections and then did a nice job on the boards to seal the game."
After trailing by just 35-33 at halftime, Wisconsin stormed ahead, 56-48, when Alando Tucker buried a 3-pointer with 12:48 remaining. It was the second-largest deficit Illinois had faced this season, a point shy of the nine-point hole it faced in the second half at Purdue on January 8.
As unlikely as that deficit was, the player who helped bring back the Illini was just as unlikely. Reserve fifth-year senior Jack Ingram made consecutive 3-pointers and converted two free throws to give the Illini a 65-64 lead with 3:40 left. Augustine followed with his two slams.
"Jack Ingram, I'm so proud of him," Weber said. "He's been so patient. He kept a great attitude and he had his time to shine tonight and he truly did. ... His (3-pointers) changed the game."
Ingram's strong shooting followed a surprising first-half performance by Wisconsin reserve Ray Nixon, who shot 3-of-5 from the arc for nine points to keep the Badgers close. He entered the game averaging 2.4 points.
"In the first half, they had guys step up that had been their role players that made threes and make plays," Weber said. "In the second half, Rich McBride finally made a three and Jack scored eight straight points."
With Illinois down by eight with less than 13 minutes to play, McBride made his only 3-pointer of the game to ignite a 13-2 run that was capped by Ingram's second long-range shot.
Luther Head scored 18 points, Deron Williams added 13 and Ingram eight for Illinois, which extended the best start in school history by snapping a five-game losing streak here.
Tucker, hampered by a previous foot injury, scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Sharif Chambliss chipped in 14 for Wisconsin, which went the final 4:24 without a basket.
The Badgers had six of their 13 turnovers in the second half, leading to five points for the Illini. Overall, Illinois outscored Wisconsin on points off turnovers, 13-7.
"(You need to) take care of the ball and get good shots," Ryan said. "If you don't get shots, you can't score. These are things we talk about all the time. You've got to get more shots and better shots."