After falling behind 27-17 with 2:57 to go in the first half, the Badgers received the boost they needed on the offensive end to make one last run to go into half with some momentum. Three different players for Wisconsin hit their shot, as Ethan Happ went 2-for-3 from the floor in that span with Brad Davison (four points) and Brevin Pritzl each knocking down their attempts.
In the second half, it was Khalil Iverson who started Wisconsin’s run as the senior was responsible for Wisconsin’s first four points to make it a one-point game. Iverson finished with five points on 2-for-3 shooting but he did a little bit of everything in the second half to help make the comeback complete. Iverson played 16 minutes in the second half and in that span collected three of his four defensive rebounds, registered two steals, one block and one assist.
Rutgers outrebounded Wisconsin, 30-27, as the Badgers struggled to generate second chances for themselves off of missed shots. UW finished the game with four offensive rebounds and six second-chance points. Despite struggling in those areas, the Badgers were able to find ways of creating high percentage shots around the rim and finished the game with 40 points in the paint. Those looks proved critical for UW to take control of the game, as 24 of Wisconsin’s 43 second-half points came around the rim.
Ethan Happ played a role in Wisconsin’s success down low, going 6-for-9 from the field in the second half and helped limit UW’s turnovers. After committing five turnovers in the first half, including two by Happ in the first seven possessions, Wisconsin only turned the ball over once the last 20 minutes. Being able to protect the ball allowed the Badgers to establish an offensive rhythm that was missing in the first half.
Game MVP: D’Mitrik Trice. Scoring 10 of his 14 points in the second half, Trice connected on both of his 3-point attempts and went 4-for-5 from the field in the second half. In 34 minutes on the floor, Trice tied for the team lead with four rebounds and registered one assist to one turnover. Trice had a mini 5-point run to help build Wisconsin’s lead during a dry spell midway through the second half and over the last 4:49 of the game, Trice scored five of Wisconsin’s last 12 points, registered an assist to Happ and had one defensive rebound to cap what was another solid night for him.