The Badger men's basketball team (7-2) defeated Texas Southern 81-58 in non-conference action at the Kohl Center Saturday. The win gives Wisconsin a 6-1 record at home for the season.
After a slow start, the Badgers exploded late in the first half making seven of 11 three-point attempts. With 5:20 remaining in the half Alando Tucker sunk a three-pointer that sparked a 21-3 run in the final minutes of the half. Tucker made eight of nine shots for the game including a perfect five for five from three-point range. The freshman finished the game with 22 points.
Another key to the Badger rally in the first half was the aggressive defensive play that forced 11 Texas Southern turnovers. Wisconsin converted 20 points off of turnovers in the first half. Devin Harris, who leads the Big Ten in steals, led the Badger effort with three steals for the game.
After struggling against Marquette a week ago, senior Kirk Penney responded with 23 points to lead all scorers. Penney, who is currently sixth in the Big Ten in scoring moved into 19th place on the all-time Badger scoring list with 1,091 career points.
The Badgers came out for the second half right were they left off and did not relinquish their lead for the rest of the came. An 8-0 streak capped off by a Freddie Owens three-pointer with 8:40 left in the second half gave the Badgers a 63-43 advantage. Ten different Wisconsin players saw action as the Badgers maintained a 20 point lead for the final six minutes of the game.
The Texas Southern contest was the seventh time this season the UW has reached the 80 point mark. The Badgers are third in the Big Ten in scoring averaging 78.7 points per game.
The Badgers next play Monday night against Ohio at the Kohl Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. For tickets log onto www.uwbadgers.com or call 1-800-GO-BADGERS.
Badgers Improve to 7-2
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