Nov. 5, 2011
BY PATRICK HERB
UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME
Jared Berggren takes home Star of the Game honors in Saturday’s 80-54 win over UW-Stevens Point. The junior forward tallied 12 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes of action. He also chipped in two assists and three steals.
Berggren scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half, helping UW build its lead in the early going.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Ryan Evans put an exclamation point on the win by flushing a transition alley-oop dunk late in the second half. After stealing the ball near mid-court, Evans found Jordan Taylor ahead of the defense. Taylor waited for the lone defender to commit to him and then flipped a lob pass to the streaking Evans, who hammered home a two-handed dunk.
That pass was one of Taylor’s seven assists and the two points contributed to UW’s 30 total points in the paint.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
UW-Stevens Point used hot shooting to stay in the game early, connecting on 62 percent from the field for the first half and trailing just 45-33 at intermission. Wisconsin then opened the second half on a 17-4 run over the first 10 minutes of the period, clamping down on defense and building a 62-37 advantage. UWSP would never get closer than 19 the rest of the way.
STAT OF THE GAME
Wisconsin’s 3-point shooting proved to be one of the big difference-makers Saturday night. The Badgers shot 50 percent from downtown, connecting on 10-of-20 shots, while the Pointers converted just 3-of-19 3-point tries, good for 15.8 percent.
UW had seven different players make triples, including two apiece from Jordan Taylor, Josh Gasser and Ben Brust.