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Point taken: Badgers tune up with 80-54 win over UWSP



Nov. 5, 2011

15 Wisconsin 80, UW-Stevens Point 54
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
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 UW-Stevens Point 33 21 54
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 • Ryan Evans: 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Stl, 7-10 FG
 • Ben Brust: 14 Pts, 6 Reb, Ast, Stl
 • Jared Berggren: 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Stl, 2 Ast
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 FG Percentage .465 .492
 3-Point FG Percentage .158 .500
 FT Percentage .846 .500
 Offensive Rebounds 4 13
 Defensive Rebounds 21 18
 Total Rebounds 25 31
 Turnovers 18 5
 Steals 0 12
 Points off Turnovers 6 24
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ryan Evans scored 16 points and Ben Brust added 14 to help No. 15 Wisconsin beat Wisconsin-Stevens Point 80-54 in an exhibition game Saturday night.

Preseason All-American Jordan Taylor added eight points and seven assists for the Badgers, who open the regular season next Saturday against Kennesaw State.

"Jordan wasn't looking to do anything tonight other than run the show," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "The shots were there, and that was a great job of orchestrating the offense. You didn't see him force, and you didn't see him do anything other than get his teammates good shots."

 Fast Facts
Ryan Evans leads UW with 16 points in exhibition win
• Badgers shoot 50% from 3-point range
• Wisconsin opens 2011-12 season Saturday vs. Kennesaw State

The Badgers raced out to a 14-2 lead and led by double figures most of the rest of the way. The biggest cheers of the night at the Kohl Center were for Evans' alley-oop dunk on a pass from Taylor with 6:20 left.

Redshirt junior Jared Berggren contributed 12 points to go along with five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

"You just try to improve every single day and work hard," Berggren said. "All off-season you work on your strength, you work on your shooting. Then, in the first few weeks in practice here, you try to apply everything the coaches tells us and continue to grow as a player, be aggressive, and contribute any way you can."

A year after leading the NCAA with a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio, the Badgers picked up right where they left off on Saturday night as they posted 19 assists with just five turnovers.

"We're Wisconsin," Ryan said. "We don't accept anything else."

In addition to Evans, Brust and Taylor, Josh Gasser reached double-figures as he added 10 points. The sophomore guard also posted four rebounds and two assists.

Seven different Badgers connected from 3-point range as the team shot 50 percent (10-20) from beyond the arc.

It was the first meeting since 1933 between the Badgers and Pointers, who won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last season and are favored to do so again this season.

Senior Dan Tillema had a game-high 24 points for Stevens Point.

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