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Badgers bury Eagles with record 3-point barrage



Dec. 23, 2010

Wisconsin 80, Coppin State 56
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.

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 • Jordan Taylor: 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk
 • Jon Leuer: 19 Pts, 5 Reb, Ast, 5-10 3-Pt FG
 • Tim Jarmusz: 12 Pts, 4-5 3-Pt FG
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.449 .482
 3-Point FG Percentage .500 .447
 FT Percentage .667 .692
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6 12
 Defensive Rebounds 17 22
 Total Rebounds 23 34
9 5
2 17
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0 14
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MADISON, Wis. -- It's a common belief among coaches that the first five minutes of a half can set the tone for an entire game.

In that case, Jon Leuer laid out the plan for Thursday's final non-conference tilt for the Wisconsin men's basketball team pretty clearly.

Leuer splashed 3-pointers on each of the Badgers' first four possessions and laid the foundation for a school-record performance that saw UW drain 17 treys on its way to an 80-56 win over Coppin State.

The senior racked up 14 points in less than four minutes on his way to 19 for the game - matching teammate Jordan Taylor for the game high. Both players shot 50 percent from behind the 3-point line, with Leuer going 5-for-10 and Taylor connecting on 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

"I was just able to get in a rhythm right away and my teammates were finding me in spots," Leuer said. "We were getting a lot of good looks after that. We realized we were going to get some good looks against them and how they play defense.

"Everyone was shooting the ball well."

 Fast Facts
• Badgers hit school-record 17 3-pointers
• Taylor scores 19, adds 7 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals
• Leuer hits 3-pointers on Badgers' first four possessions

In addition to his 11th double-digit scoring performance in 12 games, Taylor filled out an impressive stat line with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks and no turnovers.

Senior Tim Jarmusz added a 4-for-5 performance from deep to post a career-high 12 points, while junior Rob Wilson added nine points and sophomore Jared Berggren had eight. In all, the Badgers' bench contributed 31 points.

"Today was just one of those nights where I felt like anything I threw up was going in," Jarmusz said. "We just worked really well at moving the ball in the zone and finding people. I was just able to knock down shots when I was open."

The nation's leader in fewest turnovers per game, the Badgers committed just five on Thursday. In turn, they converted Coppin State's nine giveaways into 14 points off turnovers.

Leuer's opening barrage opened a first half that saw the Badgers hoist up 22 shots from beyond the arc. UW shot 50 percent from distance, with their 11 first-half treys tying a school record for a single half.

The Badgers' advantage hit double digits when Bruesewitz drilled a 3-pointer only 5 1/2 minutes into the first half to give UW a 20-9 lead.

After a Coppin State basket trimmed the edge back to nine points, Berggren connected on a triple to swell the lead to 12 just minutes later.

The Badgers never trailed by fewer than 10 points the rest of the way, with Leuer, Jarmusz and Gasser - on a buzzer-beater from the corner - combining to hit 3-pointers on UW's final three possessions in the last minute of the first half.

The 9-2 run had the Badgers staked to a 19-point lead at intermission.  It still wasn't enough to shoot Coppin State out of its 2-3 zone defense.

The Badgers hit six more triples in the second half as their lead swelled to 31 points with less than four minutes remaining.

"I think most of us realized that about two minutes into the game when there were shots that we would normally have but we'd pass them up because someone else is wide open and could knock it down," Taylor said. "Guys that were called upon when they were open stepped up and knocked them down."

Thursday's victory gave UW a double-digit win total in non-conference play for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Now the Badgers turn their attention to Big Ten Conference play, which opens Tuesday as Minnesota comes to the Kohl Center for a game that will tip at 6 p.m. and be televised live on ESPN2.

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