Wisconsin won its first Big Ten contest Wednesday beating Minnesota 66-50. Kirk Penney paced the Badger victory scoring 22 points. Devin Harris tallied his third career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The UW improved to 11-4 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.
The Badgers held Minnesota to 50 points on 36 percent shooting for the night. The Gophers came into the game as the top scoring team in the Big Ten averaging 80 points per contest. Minnesota drops to 8-5 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
Penney started the game with a jumper from the top of the key as Wisconsin got out to a 6-0 advantage. The Gophers later tied the game at 26 with 1:35 in the first half. Harris scored the last three points of the half to give the Badgers a 29-26 advantage at the break.
Wisconsin started the second half right were they left off with back to back three-pointers by Penney and Harris. As the game progressed the Badgers increased their advantage in a contest that Minnesota never led.
Penney scored nine points in the first five minutes of the second frame as Wisconsin began to pull away. The senior captain, who is the only player in the conference to rank top ten in points, rebounds and assists, added seven rebounds and four assists on the night.
Wisconsin sealed the victory in the final two minutes extending its advantage to 18 at one point. Dave Mader blocked a Kevin Burleson shot leading to a Harris fast break lay-in making the score 64-48 and bringing the sellout crowd of 17, 142 to their feet. The Badgers are first in the Big Ten in home attendance.
Wisconsin continues conference play when they travel to Columbus, Ohio Saturday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
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