Wilkinson steps up

Badger forward scores 15 in runaway win

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Mike Wilkinson rebounded from a poor performance with a strong game Saturday.


Wilkinson suffered from foul trouble and ineffective play in Wisconsin's 71-56 loss to Alabama Tuesday, playing just 17 minutes with two points and two rebounds, all season lows. He made an emphatic turnaround against the College of Charleston Saturday, scoring 15 points while grabbing eight rebounds to help lead the Badgers to a 75-49 win.


"Everybody wanted to come back strong," junior guard Devin Harris said. "Everybody knows it was a tough loss for us. Everybody wanted to just come out and play a better game."


Wilkinson led all players with 11 points and six rebounds in the first half. He also broke up an early Badger shooting drought with a three-point basket three minutes into the game that gave Wisconsin a 3-2 lead. Throughout the half his physical presence in the paint did wonders for the Badgers, who were physically outplayed earlier in the week against the Crimson Tide.


Wilkinson's defensive game was particularly strong, helping limit the Cougars to 16 points in the paint, compared to 48 for Wisconsin. The Badgers outrebounded Charleston 40-30 and held the Cougars to eight offensive boards.

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