Dec. 15, 2011
BY BRIAN MASON
UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME
Jared Berggren only needed 20 minutes of playing time to make his impact in the Badgers’ rout of Savannah State. The junior posted a game-high 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including a 2-for-2 performance from 3-point range. He also pulled down four rebounds and added an assist and a steal.
PLAY OF THE GAME
What looks on paper like Berggren’s highest percentage shot of the night actually was the Badgers’ most spectacular. Berggren threw down a dunk midway through the second half that was anything but an easy flush, reaching back in mid air to pull in the rebound of a missed 3-pointer by Ben Brust. After reaching away from his body to corral the carom, Berggren pulled the ball back and slammed it home in one fluid yet fierce motion that brought the Kohl Center crowd to its feet.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
It took less than five minutes for the Badgers to run out to a double-digit lead, but it was an early play by Ryan Evans that sparked the runaway for Wisconsin. Less than three minutes in, Evans found the bottom of the net on a leaner in traffic and drew contact from Savannah State’s Rashad Hassan. He converted the ensuing free throw to complete a three-point play that gave UW an 8-4 lead and opened a 14-2 run to blow the game open.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Badgers turned Savannah State over 16 times on Tuesday, including the 11 turnovers they forced in the first half. That led to 15 points off turnovers that were integral to the Badgers’ 18-point lead at halftime. Wisconsin finished with 24 points off turnovers.