Badger men battle in intra-squad scrimmage

13 players suit up for annual red/white men's basketball game

The UW men's hoops team held an open scrimmage Sunday afternoon, as a part of the Men's Basketball Family Fun Day, and the red squad defeated the white squad 80-64.

The red team was comprised of seniors Andreas Helmigk and Mike Wilkinson, sophomores Kammron Taylor, Alando Tucker and Jason Chappell and freshmen Tanner Bronson and DeAaron Williams.

The white team included seniors Clayton Hanson, Sharif Chambliss and Zach Morley, junior Ray Nixon and freshmen Greg Stiemsma and Michael Flowers.

After a close first half, the red team entered the five-minute halftime with a 40-33 edge, and only further bolstered their lead as they opened up the second half with a 16-10 run over the opening five minutes. It was at this point in the game that the red team developed a double-digit advantage for the first time and never relinquished it. That lead grew to as many as 23 points late in the game.

For the contest, Tucker led all players with 25 points and a couple highlight-reel dunks. Also on the red team, Taylor contributed 18, Wilkinson 12, Helmigk 10, Williams and Chappell 6 and Bronson 3.

Hanson paced the white team with 15 points, while Nixon added 13, Chambliss 11, Stiemsma 10, Morley 8 and Flowers 7.

"The nice part is they got a chance to get out and play on the floor with people in the stands," head coach Bo Ryan said. "You can obviously tell that that's something some of our guys needed because they needed to just get comfortable—getting up and down the floor."

Freshman center Brian Butch was the only member of the team not to participate in the scrimmage. He is battling a right foot injury and is labeled day-to-day, according to a university spokesperson.

In a taste of what fans may get to see this season, the Badgers men's hoops team did not disappoint. With the first exhibition game Wednesday, the team is ready to see some different competition and get the season started.

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