Badgers Improve to 8-2

Alando Tucker led Wisconsin with 18 points as the Badgers defeated Ohio 75-51 to improve to 8-2 heading into 2003.

The Wisconsin men's basketball team defeated the Ohio Bobcats for the third straight season Monday night at the Kohl Center. The 75-51 victory improves the UW's record to 8-2 on the season.

The Bobcats made six of their first seven shots jumping out to a 12-2 lead to start the game. Ohio forward Steve Esterkamp scored 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the game to pace the Bobcats. Esterkamp was the top scorer for Ohio finishing with 14 points.

With 11:06 to go in the first half the Badgers evened the score at 14 after Devin Harris stole the ball and hit Kirk Penney for a fast break lay in. Penney finished with eight points and seven rebounds for the game.

The Badgers did not have their first lead until 7:40 remaining in the first half after Freddie Owens made a lay in off the glass to make the score 22-20. For the final seven minutes of the half the UW widened its margin going into halftime with a 36-30 advantage.

Ohio's leading scorer, forward Brandon Hunter, was averaging 19.7 points per game coming into tonight's contest and was held scoreless until the final two minutes of the first half. The Badger defense limited Hunter to 11 points on 4-16 shooting for the game.

On the offensive end, the Badgers dominated the Bobcats in the frontcourt. Wisconsin outscored Ohio 46-22 in the paint. Alando Tucker scored led all scorers with 18 points and Mike Wilkinson added 12 to go with his seven rebounds.

Wisconsin maintained its advantage throughout the second half and ended the game with a 24-point margin, its largest of the night. The highlight of the night came with 12:48 to go in the second half. On a Badger fast break, Boo Wade threw a lob to Dave Mader for an alley-oop slam that brought the sellout crowd of 17,142 to its feet. All 14 Badgers saw playing time to help Wisconsin end the game on a 15-0 run.

Tonight's game was the last for Wisconsin in 2002. After their holiday break, the Badgers travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple Jan. 2.

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