Dec. 1, 2010
Player of the Game
Junior guard Jordan Taylor scored a season-high 21 points Wednesday, and he did so in just about every way he could find. Whether it was long-range shooting, cutting to the basket or connecting from the post, Taylor was a versatile scorer in the Badgers’ 87-48 win over NC State. Taylor was 8-for-12 from the floor overall, including a 2-for-3 performance from 3-point range. He also hit 3-of-4 attempts at the free-throw line and dished out three assists.
Play of the Game
Wisconsin’s 15-0 run to close the first half –a spurt that continued after halftime – came in large part to an outstanding defensive play by senior forward Keaton Nankivil. After grabbing a steal and then collecting an offensive board on a missed 3-pointer by Jordan Taylor, Nankivil missed a second-chance basket. NC State’s C.J. Leslie corralled the board to send the Wolfpack running, but Nankivil – who was trailing the play – streaked in as Leslie drove from the right wing looking for a dunk. Nankivil’s big, left-handed swat sent the ball back the way it came and preserved the Wolfpack’s scoreless drought, which eventually swelled to 10 minutes, 12 seconds.
Turning Point of the Game
Mike Bruesewitz’s first 3-pointer of the night gave the Badgers a double-digit lead for the first time. His second trey helped kick-start a run that made UW’s advantage insurmountable. He put the Badgers up, 29-19, by drilling a 3-pointer with 6:44 to play in the first half and -- just two possessions and just 40 seconds later -- knocked down another triple on what became the front end of a 23-0 run for the Badgers. Bruesewitz finished the night 3-for-3 from distance and pitched in nine points.
Stat of the Game
During Wisconsin’s game-changing 23-0 run that spanned halftime, the Badgers connected on seven straight baskets from the 1:25 mark of the first half to the 16:48 mark of the second half. NC State, meanwhile, missed 11 consecutive field-goal attempts during its 10 minute, 12-second scoring drought. Overall, UW was 8-of-13 from the floor during its run.
UW Athletic Communications