Helping Hands

Led by Jon Leuer's 19 points, Wisconsin gets four players in double figures and points from 12 players and leads from start to finish in an 88-58 victory over SIU-Edwardsville.

MADISON - This time around, Marcus Landry didn't have to dominate for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team to win.

Landry scored 15 points and three other Badgers scored in double digits as Wisconsin (2-0) defeated Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1-3) 88-58 on Tuesday night.

Jon Leuer led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for the Badgers. Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

But Landry still had his hands all over the game just like he did in Sunday's 68-61 win over Long Beach State with 23 points and a game-clinching block. In fact, he had his hands all over the ball again on Tuesday with a career-high five blocks.

"It's not always going to be your night to score or your night to do whatever," Landry said. "You have to find ways to get the job done defensively and to help your team out."

Wisconsin opened things up early, obtaining a quick 15-5 lead by the second media time-out and extended it to a 40-21 lead at halftime.

The Badgers' quick lead was much in part to its offensive balance. Wisconsin was able to work through the swing offense and shoot effectively from outside, hitting 6-of-10 3-pointers in the first half and 8-of-15 for the game.

Wisconsin was also able to take advantage of a beat up SIU-Edwardsville team. The Cougars were playing their fourth game in five days and was missing its leader scorer and rebounder in Mark Yelovich, who did not make the trip to the Kohl Center due to a family emergency. As a result, SIU-Edwardsville was forced to play with only nine available players.

"Once the game got away from them, we just tried to make sure that we were running our stuff," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "We didn't care who was scoring and we never have. We never get too high or too low, but I like the fact that we moved the ball, we made hard cuts, we touched the post and we didn't get screwy with our decision-making."

But even with the outside shooting game, the Badgers were also able to score in the paint off of transition points and post scoring as the worn-out Cougars were simply unable to stop them in any facet of the game once Wisconsin opened it up. Wisconsin scored 46 points in the paint.

"That's the case in any game: you pick your poison," Ryan said. "Some teams want to rely on a lot of 3-point shots, some teams want to rely on a mixture of both and some teams just want to make sure whatever the team might happen to give them on that trip down the floor.

"I've always tried to be an opportunistic coach," he added. "… It was one of those nights we took advantage of what we had."

Wisconsin didn't let off the pedal after halftime, either, opening on a 17-7 run before the second media time-out of the second half.

For Leuer, the key to the Badgers' offensive efficiency was the ball handling and decision-making. Wisconsin finished with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 21-to-10, with Joe Krabbenhoft leading the way with five assists and Hughes dishing out four.

"It' easy to play when you got guys who distribute the ball like we do, just because you never know who's going to score," Leuer said. "We're all unselfish and we all know that if we cut hard and be assertive, we're going to get good shots.

"Any play we called, it seemed like it was working."


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