GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Wisconsin 68, Northwestern 51


(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
By JAY COHEN
AP Sports Writer

EVANSTON, Ill. - Micah Potter scored 19 points, D'Mitrik Trice had 13 and No. 21 Wisconsin shut down lowly Northwestern for a 68-51 victory.

Jonathan Davis and Brad Davison added 12 points apiece, helping Wisconsin (16-8, 10-7 Big Ten) bounce back from consecutive losses to No. 3 Michigan and No. 11 Iowa. The balanced Badgers improved to 10-1 when they have at least four players score in double figures.

With a matchup against No. 5 Illinois looming on Saturday, Wisconsin used its deep roster and stingy defense to avoid a three-game slide. Led by Potter, the Badgers had a 31-16 advantage in bench points. They also forced 14 turnovers.

Northwestern (6-14, 3-13) lost its 13th straight game. Boo Buie scored 19 points, but he was the only player in double figures for the Wildcats. Chase Audige, who was averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game coming in, finished with five on 2-for-7 shooting.

Ryan Young's three-point play trimmed Wisconsin's lead to 46-39 with 12:59 left, but the Badgers responded with a 13-1 run. Tyler Wahl capped the decisive stretch with a driving layup and a 3-pointer.

Wahl finished with 10 points for Wisconsin, which earned its sixth straight victory against Northwestern.

Wisconsin had a scoring drought of almost six minutes in the first half, but Northwestern also struggled on offense and the Badgers started to pull away before the break.

Potter put Wisconsin ahead to stay with two foul shots with 5:36 left, part of a 14-4 run for the Badgers. Davis made two free throws and Potter converted a layup to make it 34-24 with 40 seconds to go.

Potter had 15 points at halftime on 5-for-6 shooting. The rest of the Badgers shot 30% (6 for 20) from the field in the first half.

February 21, 2021



Wisconsin
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Trice 5-6 0-0 3-4 0-5 5 0 1 3 0 13
B. Davison 3-11 4-4 2-7 0-5 3 1 3 1 2 12
J. Davis 3-8 6-7 0-1 0-1 3 0 3 1 0 12
A. Ford 0-7 0-0 0-4 0-6 4 0 1 2 1 0
M. Potter 7-8 2-2 3-3 3-8 3 1 2 1 2 19
T. Wahl 4-8 1-2 1-3 2-4 0 1 0 0 2 10
N. Reuvers 1-6 0-0 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 2
C. Gilmore 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. McGrory 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
S. Crowl 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Davis 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Higginbottom 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hedstrom 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 23-57
(.404)
13-15
(.867)
9-26
(.346)
10-37 18 3 10 8 10 68


Northwestern
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Audige 2-7 0-0 1-3 0-1 2 1 1 3 2 5
B. Buie 8-15 1-3 2-5 0-2 4 0 0 3 1 19
R. Beran 3-6 0-0 1-4 1-3 0 0 0 2 0 7
P. Nance 1-4 1-2 0-0 0-4 3 1 1 1 2 3
A. Gaines 2-5 0-0 1-3 1-6 2 0 1 0 1 5
T. Berry 1-6 0-0 1-4 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 3
M. Kopp 1-3 2-2 0-1 0-2 0 1 1 3 4 4
R. Young 2-4 1-1 0-0 1-5 2 0 0 1 2 5
R. Greer 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 0
M. Nicholson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Zalewski 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 20-51
(.392)
5-8
(.625)
6-20
(.300)
7-33 13 4 4 14 12 51





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