Dec. 16, 2009
Star of the Game
On a night that featured plenty of balance for the Badgers – four players finished in double-figure scoring and 10 players scored in all – it was Trevon Hughes who stood out the most in Wisconsin’s 90-42 win over Cal Poly at the Kohl Center. Hughes keyed the early run that put the Mustangs away – scoring nine of the Badgers’ first 15 points – and finished with a game-high 20 on 7-for-10 shooting, all in just 26 minutes of action.
The senior point guard was nearly unstoppable in the first half, dropping in 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. He capped the first period by smoothly knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Badgers up 51-19 at intermission. For the game, Hughes went 4-for-5 from 3-point range to match his career high.
He finished the night with four steals, three assists and zero turnovers.
Play of the Game
Hughes’ outstanding first half included several impressive shots, but his deep jumper just 5:36 into the contest was a big one. The long shot from the wing dropped, giving him nine points for the game and 1,000 for his career. Part of the 15-2 run that opened the game wide open for the Badgers, Hughes’ nine points made him the 34th member of Wisconsin’s 1,000-point club and the eighth to reach the milestone under head coach Bo Ryan.
Turning Point of the Game
It wasn’t over before it started, but Keaton Nankivil helped put Wednesday’s game to bed not long after the opening tip. The long jumper he splashed just 1 minute and 56 seconds into the first half provided the game’s first – and final – lead change as UW grabbed a 4-2 advantage. Nankivil went on to shoot 4-for-6 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from 3-point range, and the Badgers never looked back.
Stat of the Game
Several numbers jump out of the box score, but we’ll give the nod to the Badgers’ 3-point shooting statistics. Wisconsin connected on a season-high 13 treys, shooting 54.2 percent from beyond the arc. It was long-distance accuracy that allowed the Badgers to run away early, as they knocked down five triples in the first 12 minutes of the game to build an insurmountable 36-9 lead. Wisconsin finished the first half 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from distance and then connected on 5 of 9 tries (55.6 percent) in the final period.
UW Athletic Communications