Dec. 5, 2009
MADISON, Wis. --
Star of the Game
Sophomore Jordan Taylor earns Star of the Game honors vs. Grambling State for his line of 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers. Taylor served as a great counter-punch at point guard to Trevon Hughes, filling up the box score and controlling to pace early on. Taylor had five assists in the first 10 minutes of action, then penetrated the lane numerous times in the second half to help put the game away.
Play of the Game
Saturday's Play of the Game came early and in the form of a pretty Jordan Taylor-to-Ryan Evans alley-oop dunk. With Wisconsin holding a slim 10-6 lead five minutes into play, Taylor pushed the ball ahead in transition after a turnover. He made eye contact with Evans streaking down the right hand side of the court and lobbed the ball over the 6-foot-5 Lance Fuertado where Evans grabbed it and flushed it home for a highlight-reel play.
Honorable mention goes to a play that wasn't made. With UW up 74-37 and the game out of hand, Hughes deflected a pass at midcourt and then went diving over the home radio table to try to save the ball. Announcers Mike Heller and Andy North helped break Hughes' fall, and the senior guard got up with a smile on his face. He didn't get credited with a steal, but the hustle at that point in the game was impressive.
Turning Point of the Game
Wisconsin held an 8-6 lead four minutes into play, but stepped on the gas after the first media timeout. A pair of Hughes free throws started a 12-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes, opening up the game and giving the Badgers their first double-digit lead at 20-6. Evans, Taylor, Jason Bohannon and Jared Berggren would all score during the game's pivotal sequence.
Honorable mention goes to the 9:45 scoring drought that Grambling State endured during the second half. UW stretched a 59-36 lead into a 74-37 cushion while the Tigers went cold.
Stat of the Game
Wisconsin shot a blistering 60.0 percent from the field, while Grambling State connected on just 29.1 percent of its shots. The Badgers made 27-of-45 shots, including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, while the Tigers made a mere 16-of-55 shots. UW's mark of .600 was the team's highest field goal percentage since shooting 62.3 percent vs. Southern on Nov. 19, 2006.
UW Athletic Communications