Oct. 24, 2010
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MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Keaton Nankivil poured in a game-high 22 points to lead all scorers for the third-consecutive year and power his White team to a 65-51 win in the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s annual Red-White Scrimmage Sunday at the Kohl Center.
Nankivil connected on 10 of 15 attempts from the field and added eight rebounds to pace the White squad, which also saw senior guard Brett Valentyn pump in 17 points on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.
Along with nine points, junior point guard Jordan Taylor contributed 10 assists and three rebounds to the White effort.
Senior forward Jon Leuer led the way for the Red squad with 15 points, while sophomore Ryan Evans had 12 points and a team-high five boards.
“Overall I think we did a pretty good job. It’s only a week into the season and, I think, sometimes we forget that,” said Nankivil, who also was the Red-White Scrimmage’s leading scorer as a junior in 2009 and a sophomore in 2008. “As far as the four scrimmages I’ve been a part of, I thought it was very clean, the intensity was very high and I thought it went very well. “
After shooting a blistering 60 percent (15-for-25) in the first half – to hold a five-point lead at the break -- the White team continued its hot shooting in the second half by connecting at a 48 percent clip. The Red squad, meanwhile, connected on just 36 percent of its field-goal attempts.
White also controlled the glass by pulling down 31 rebounds, including six offensive boards.
Red held a distinct advantage at the free-throw line and connected on 15 of 18 attempts from the stripe. It wasn’t enough to counter Red’s 34-18 advantage in scoring in the paint, however.
“I think, from experience, every year gets easier,” Nankivil said. “I don’t know if the Red-White Scrimmage is necessarily a barometer of anything that will come in the season, but every year it gets a little easier and, with six seniors, that’s a big chunk of people it’s getting easier for.”
The Badgers’ next public appearance comes in the first of two exhibition games, when they host UW-La Crosse at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. Another exhibition against Minnesota State-Mankato follows on Nov. 10 before the 2010-11 season officially begins with a home game against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 14.
“It’s just a scrimmage,” Nankivil said. “Not that it’s something to look over, but when we get into the season, it’s always a different story.”