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On, Wisconsin: Badgers rally in 2nd half, top Georgetown 68-65 to make Atlantis title game

  • Georgetown's Jabril Trawick (55) and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (44) fight for the ball during their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

    Georgetown's Jabril Trawick (55) and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (44) fight for the ball during their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (4) hustles to get away from Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig (24) their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

    Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (4) hustles to get away from Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig (24) their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Georgetown's Paul White (13) goes for the shot against Wisconsin's Duje Dukan (13), in white, during their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

    Georgetown's Paul White (13) goes for the shot against Wisconsin's Duje Dukan (13), in white, during their game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)  (The Associated Press)

Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes' acrobatic tip-in with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and No. 2 Wisconsin needed to rally in the second half to beat Georgetown 68-65 on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.

The Badgers hadn't trailed in the second half this season, but found themselves down 53-44 with 11:36 left. A 22-6 run put Wisconsin (5-0) up for good, and the Badgers could finally exhale when D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.

Smith-Rivera, who was 5 for 5 from beyond the arc until the game's final shot, led all scorers with 29 for Georgetown (4-1).

Wisconsin faces Oklahoma in Friday's title game. Georgetown, which got 10 points from Joshua Smith, will play Butler in an all-Big East matchup for third place.

Bronson Koenig tied a career best with 14 points for Wisconsin, which survived despite a six-point, 1-for-8 shooting day from standout center Frank Kaminsky.