Dec. 16, 2009
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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin (8-2) galloped away from the Cal Poly Mustangs (3-6) early in the first half and never looked back. Recording their largest margin of victory in over two years, the Badgers scored a 90-42 rout Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.
Along the way, senior captain Trevon Hughes became the 34th Badger to join the 1,000-point club with a jumper early in the second half.
With Hughes needing just nine points entering the game to crack the 1,000-point barrier, the question wasn't if he would collect his 1,000th-point vs. Cal Poly, but how quickly. The answer came with a long two-point jumper from the wing just 5:36 into the game. Hughes becomes UW's 34th player to reach the century mark and finished the game with 1,011 career points.
"We had a joke about it today at lunch," Hughes said of scoring 1,000th point. "They reminded me about it, just nine points, and I tried to get it in the first two minutes, and I almost did."
| Wisconsin 90, Cal Poly 42
| Cal Poly (3-6)
| Wisconsin (8-2)
| Statistical Leaders
| Points: Trevon Hughes (UW) 20 | Shawn Lewis (CP) 10
| Rebounds: Jon Leuer (UW) 8 | Will Donahue (CP) 5
| Assists: Jordan Taylor (UW) 7 | Odister/Brown (CP) 2
The Mustangs scored the first basket, but that was about the last time they were heard from as Wisconsin quickly built a 33-6 lead in the game's first 11 minutes. The Badgers set the tone early knocking down seemingly every open look from the perimeter. Hughes poured in a quick 11 points during that stretch as Leuer and Nankivil each added seven in the Badgers' opening surge.
Thanks to seven first-half 3-pointers and 64.3 percent shooting from the field, the Badgers' 33-6 lead would only grow. Hughes stretched the UW lead to 32 points with a 3-pointer as the buzzer was sounding to give UW a 51-19 lead at the end of the first half. The Badgers' 51-point outburst before intermission was the most points in a half since scoring 52 in the first half of a 98-40 win over Gardner-Webb in 2006.
"I came out tonight and I couldn't miss," Hughes said of his 6-for-6 first half. "In the first half, the only thing that slowed my down was halftime."
The second half of the runaway win gave Bo Ryan a chance to empty his bench as 15 of the 16 Badgers saw the floor and 10 players found the net for Wisconsin. The only UW player not to see action was junior Wquinton Smith, who was unavailable with an ankle injury.
Four players scored in double figures - Jon Leuer (15), Keaton Nankivil (12), Hughes (20) and Bohannon (12) - for the second time this season. Jordan Taylor also recorded a career-high seven assists while scoring nine points.
Wisconsin recorded 22 assists and forced 22 turnovers. The team shot 60.8 percent from the field and accumulated a game-high lead of 52 points with 3:34 remaining. A nifty Brett Valentyn to J.P. Gavinski dunk put the exclamation on the 90-42 rout.
UW returns to the Kohl Center for a pre-holiday tilt with its third and final in-state rival Milwaukee on Dec. 23. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.