It was the last exhibition tune-up for the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team, defeating Division-III UW-Stout 85-56 on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
Two true freshmen led the way for head coach Greg Gard’s squad, as guards Kobe King and Brad Davison scored 17 and 13 points, respectively.
King’s 17 points were a game-high, and he hit six of nine shots from the field. Davison converted on three of seven shots, including three of six from three-point range.
The Badgers shot 50.9 percent (29 of 57) from the field and converted 69.2 percent of their free throws (18 of 26).
Four Wisconsin players tallied double-digits in points. Forward Khalil Iverson reeled in 11 points and four rebounds, and forward Andy Van Vliet registered 11 points—hitting all five of his field goals—and seven rebounds.
Forward Charles Thomas scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the exhibition win as well.
For the visiting Blue Devils, guard Sam Ortmann scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
Wisconsin only led UW-Stout 41–28 at the half on under 43 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes, though the freshman duo of King and Davison combined for 21 points in that time frame.
The Badgers then went onto outscore the Blue Devils 44–28 in the second half, shooting nearly 59 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Redshirt junior Ethan Happ scored only two points (two of four from the foul stripe) but did not attempt a shot in his 22 minutes. The forward grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists, however.
Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice did not play due to a minor ankle injury, according to UW. According to reports, Gard had no update on guard Brevin Pritzl, who was apparently injured during the game, though it was “not too serious.”
Wisconsin out-rebounded UW-Stout 42–24 in the game and had 25 second-chance points.
UW opens its 2017-18 regular season against South Carolina State on Friday night (6 p.m. CT) at the Kohl Center.