Dec. 5, 2009
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MADISON, Wis. -- After an emotional win over Duke just three days earlier, Wisconsin cruised to a 79-46 win over Grambling State Saturday at the Kohl Center. With the win, UW moves to 6-1 on the season for the fifth-consecutive year.
| Wisconsin 79, Grambling State 46
| Grambling State (1-4)
| Wisconsin (6-1)
| Statistical Leaders
| Points: Trevon Hughes (UW) 20 | Donald Qualls (GSU) 15
| Rebounds: Hughes, Taylor (UW) 7 | Lance Fuertado (GSU) 6
| Assists: Jordan Taylor (UW) 5 | Kevin Loyd (GSU) 3
Coming off a career-best 26 points vs. the Blue Devils, Hughes scored a game-high 20 points Saturday. He was one of four UW players in double figures as 14 Wisconsin players saw floor time. Jon Leuer, Jason Bohannon and Jordan Taylor each added 11 points. The point guard duo of Hughes and Taylor also co-led the team in rebounds with seven apiece, a career record for Taylor, followed by Evans with six. Taylor also notched a game-high five assists without a turnover.
The Badgers took a few minutes to stretch out their legs on the floor, but after a stalled start, Bohannon and Hughes kicked the team into gear. Bohannon gave UW the lead for good, scoring one of his three 3-pointers just three minutes in. A pair of free throws from Hughes would jump-start a 10-0 run for UW that opened up a 20-6 margin. The Badgers would never look back.
Staked to a 41-27 halftime lead, Bohannon and Hughes would put the game out of reach right after intermission. The senior duo teamed up with back-to-back treys to open the second half and account for most of an 8-0 run in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the half.
Six minutes into the second frame, Keaton Nankivil capped a Badger run-out with a huge dunk from Hughes after a Bohannon steal in GSU’s territory. The dunk dispelled a scoreless streak for UW.
It would be a Grambling State drought, however, that would put the game on ice. The Badgers held the Tigers to only one free throw over a span of 9:45 of the second half. During that stretch, UW turned a 59-36 lead into a 74-37 cushion with 3:45 remaining. The Badgers would build their biggest lead of the night at 79-41 with 1:44 left before a couple late baskets put the final count at 79-46.
As a team, Wisconsin shot 60 percent from the field, its highest since connecting on 62.3 percent vs. Southern (11/16/06). The UW defense limited GSU to just 29.1 percent from the field. The Badgers out-rebound Grambling State 37-27 and owned a 34-16 advantage in the paint.
Wisconsin will travel to Green Bay Wednesday for a road contest against the Phoenix. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (central).