Gauchos Drop Contest To Hot-Shooting Badgers, 72-61
Nov. 23, 2004
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's Clayton Hanson and Zach Morley made UC Santa Barbara pay for leaving them open Tuesday night.
Hanson scored a career-high 18 points, and he and Morley had four 3-pointers apiece in the No. 20 Badgers' 72-61 victory over the Gauchos.
Morley, who finished with 14 points, hit four 3-pointers in the first half, and Hanson added four more in the second half as Wisconsin won its 30th straight at home.
"I just wonder maybe at halftime if they had a raffle to see who got to come out the second half and knock down four 3s," said UC Santa Barbara coach Bob Williams.
Alando Tucker added 16 points for Wisconsin (2-0), while Casey Cook scored 21 points to lead the Gauchos (1-1). Tucker's work in the paint helped open up things on the outside for Morley and Hanson.
"Coming in, we knew they were going to double in the post," Morley said. "They did that and we just tried to find open spots in that zone."
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was impressed with the way his team looked for and found the open man. Nine players combined for the Badgers' 17 assists.
"That was a result of guys using ball fakes," he said. "The credit goes to the other four jerseys."
Wisconsin was 8-of-18 from 3-point range for the game and is shooting 50 percent (16-of-32) from behind the arc in its first two games.
UC Santa Barbara, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, used an 18-8 run to pull within 63-56 with 4:27 remaining.
But Hanson responded with his fourth 3-pointer of the half to push Wisconsin's lead back to double digits. Hanson, who scored 16 points in the second half, then hit a 12-foot jumper with 3:19 left to extend the Badgers' lead to 68-56.
Hanson opened the second half with 3-pointers on Wisconsin's two possessions.
"Anytime you can hit a couple in a row, you get a good feel for it," Hanson said. "That's what I did and the looks kept coming."
Morley scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, as Wisconsin took a 34-26 halftime lead.
"It looked like a shooting drill when they were going in," Ryan said.
UC Santa Barbara was within 30-26 and appeared to pull even closer on a putback dunk by Glenn Turner. Instead, Turner picked up his third foul after being whistled for going over the back of Wisconsin's Brian Butch.
Butch made two free throws for a four-point swing, and Kam Taylor scored with 4 seconds left to give the Badgers an eight-point lead heading into halftime.