Ryan Evans seemed to be hitting from every angle Saturday night. The redshirt senior forward poured in a season-high 19 points, hitting on an almost-astounding 50 percent of his field goal attempts and 75 percent (3-of-4) of his free throw attempts against Milwaukee in a 74-53 win.
Evans felt comfortable pulling up from anywhere within 20 feet and the result was as impressive of an 8-for-16 shooting performances as I can remember. He also collected seven rebounds, to tie with Jared Berggren for the team lead.
Wisconsin (8-4) kept its turnovers (8) to a minimum and dominated the boards (34-20) to post a winning record against state competition (2-1) for the season, Sophomore guard Traevon Jackson also impressed with his jumper, sinking 5-of-8 shots for a career-best 13 points.
"Every day is a day for me to get better and to acclimate myself within the team," Jackson said. "But that is where practice is coming to an advantage. You know obviously we have these days off, so I’m just staying in the gym a lot and communicating more."
Once again, Wisconsin finished the first half strong, embarking on a 17-1 run spanning the two halves against Milwaukee (3-10). Berggren added 11 points for the Badgers, who ran out to a 41-18 lead at the break.
Senior guard Paris Gulley was a rare bright spot for the Panthers, pacing Milwaukee with 16 points. Brodhead native J.J.Panoske hit some meaningless 3-pointers late to push his total to 13 points, all coming in the second half.
About the most exciting portion of the game was seeing whether freshman Zak Showalter would throw down on either of his two steals (which he did not). Bo Ryan only went nine deep in this tilt against former assistant Rob Jeter, keeping a couple of starters in until the final whistle.
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