By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the No. 12 Houston Cougars on Tuesday. The Badgers won 65-63 in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational semifinal at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Badgers improved to 4-1 on the season. The Cougars fell to 4-1, as well, after suffering their first loss of the season.
‘Looking back, I’m kind of glad this did happen so we can learn how to finish a game down the stretch,” Wisconsin coach Gary Gard said. ”I think it was just a great experience for these guys.”
Johnny Davis led the Badgers with a game-high 30 points. He also had four rebounds, one assist, and four steals.
”We did a really good job of sharing the ball,” Davis said. ”We really needed to come out fast, especially against these guys. They’re one of those teams where if you get down they’ll just bury you.”
He was the lone player for the team, who scored in double-digits.
The team had six bench points. Ben Carlson led the bench with four points.
Kyler Edwards led the Cougars with 18 points. He also had five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Edwards was one of two players for the team, who scored in double figures. Marcus Sasser also had 11 points.
Houston had 23 bench points. Tramon Mark and Jamal Shead led the bench with eight points each.
”They were 20 points better than us in the first half, we were 18 points better than them in the second half,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. ”I’m a little bit surprised at how we played the first half. We weren’t competitive, not a lot of emotion on defense.”