Dec. 22, 2012
STAR OF THE GAME
Returning from a 10-day break in scheduling for final exams, Ryan Evans appeared to have used the time away from basketball to remove some of the early-season pressure from his shoulders. The senior forward played loose and confident all throughout Saturday night’s contest against UW-Milwaukee, setting the pace for Wisconsin on his way to a season-high 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Evans came into the game shooting 40 percent from the floor on the season, as well as 34 percent at the free-throw line. Against UWM, Evans shot 50 percent from the field (8-for-16) and converted on three-of-four free-throw attempts.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Two of the night’s top performers hooked up in the second half, as Evans found a cutting Traevon Jackson with a beautiful lead pass, which Jackson then finished off by slashing down the lane to the basket and converting a lay-up plus the foul. The three-point play was just one of a handful for Jackson, as the sophomore scored a career-high 13 points on the night to go along with his three assists and two steals.
The Badgers trailed the Panthers 10-8 with 14:53 left in the first half, but responded by scoring 14-straight points to gain a 22-10 lead. Following the run, UW never trailed the rest of the game. Ben Brust got the run started with a 3-pointer, while Evans and Sam Dekker contributed five points each, as UW held UWM scoreless for a span of 4:54.
STAT OF THE GAME
Wisconsin worked its way to the free-throw line throughout the night, while also making the most of their trips by converting 11 of 13 attempts (84.6 percent). On the other side, Milwaukee was just 2-for-4 on free throws. It was also the highest team percentage at the free-throw line on the season for UW, since making 92.9 percent back on Nov. 18 against Cornell.