No.16 Wisconsin Handles Grambling State, 84-53

No.16 Wisconsin Handles Grambling State, 84-53

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No.16 Wisconsin Handles Grambling State, 84-53

MADISON, Wis. – Eight days off had only a marginal effect on the University of Wisconsin.

A tight game early turned into an early holiday feast for the Badgers, which defeated Grambling State, 84-53, Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

Ethan Happ scored 19 points to lead Wisconsin (10-2), which put four players – D’Mitrik Trice (14), Kobe King (10) and Nate Reuvers (10) – in double figures.

Happ finished with eight rebounds, making him there first UW player and 15th Big Ten player to secure 1,000 career rebounds.

It was a big 48 hours for Happ, who found out on Friday that he was among 20 players named to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy – an award given to an outstanding player deserving of the USBWA’s Player of the Year designation.

After missing the team’s last game against Savannah State, senior Khalil Iverson returned to the starting lineup and chipped in two points in eight minutes.

UW started 3-for-3 from the field but then slumped to 4-for-11. The Badgers defense also lagged, allowing the Tigers to hit four consecutive field goals on an 9-2 run to tie the game at 22 with 7:11 remaining in the first half.

The thoughts of an upset stopped there, as the Badgers went on a 17-4 run with contributions from Happ (7), Trice (5), Aleem Ford (3) and Brad Davison (2). Happ scored or assisted on the last 12 points of the run, finishing the half with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Leading by 12 at halftime, Wisconsin ended up going on a 40-9 run that stretched over both halves and held Grambling State (6-7) to 34.6 percent in the second half. The Tigers were led by Milwaukee native Dallas Polk-Hilliard, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Badgers close the nonconference portion of their schedule next Saturday with a road contest at Western Kentucky, marking UW’s sixth nonconference game away from home this year.

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