Ethan Happ's Triple-Double Helps Wisconsin Cruise Over Coppin State

Ethan Happ's Triple-Double Helps Wisconsin Cruise Over Coppin State

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Ethan Happ's Triple-Double Helps Wisconsin Cruise Over Coppin State

MADISON, Wis. – If 3-point shooting can push the Milwaukee Bucks to an 8-1 start, why can’t it work for the University of Wisconsin just an hour down the road?

The days of pounding the ball into the post and letting the Badgers big men go to work was nonexistent for night one of the college basketball season, as Wisconsin went 12-for-32 from 3-point range to easily dispatch of Coppin State, 85-63, in Tuesday’s season opener.

A year removed from a disappointing 15-18 campaign, hurt in part by shooting 33.5 percent from 3-point range, Wisconsin (1-0) showed balance with seven players scoring at least seven points – led by D’Mitrik Trice’s career-high 21 points – and shooting 41.0 percent from the floor.

Senior Ethan Happ also added another chapter to his impressive Wisconsin career, registering his first collegiate triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. It’s the second triple-double in school history, joining Josh Gasser’s performance at Northwestern on Jan.23, 2011.

The 12 assists fell one short of the school record, held by Wes Matthews and Tracy Webster, but in a touch of irony, Happ reached the mark by hitting two free throws with 6:32 remaining.

The most 3-pointers Wisconsin hit in a game last season was 12. The Badgers drained nine in the first half on their way to building a 49-27 lead. Sophomore D’Mitrik Trice did most of the damage. Playing his first game since December 6, 2017, Trice went 5-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half and scoring 17 of his points, surpassing his old career high of 16 points.

Brevin Pritzl added 16 points for the Badgers.

Senior guard Lamar Morgan had a team-best 15 points for Coppin State (0-1), which hasn’t beat a Division 1 team in nonconference play since December 2013.

Wisconsin has a week to build off its victory before it heads to Cincinnati to play Xavier in the Gavitt Games.

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