December 17, 2009

Badgers dominate overmatched Cal Poly

MADISON - Trevon Hughes joked about getting the nine points needed to reach 1,000 for his career within the first two minutes of Wednesday's 90-42 blowout win over Cal Poly.

He almost did.

En route to scoring a game high 20 points, the senior guard did not miss any of his six shots in the first half and reached the milestone just over five and a half minutes into the contest.

"It was a jump shot and they gave me two points," Hughes, who became the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at UW, said. "I thought it was supposed to be three. But it was a big weight off my shoulders.

"Obviously I came out tonight and I couldn't miss. The only thing that slowed me down was halftime."

Hughes assembled a great line over the first 20 minutes of action as his team jumped out to a 31-6 run and never looked back. With his third three-point bucket of the half just before the buzzer, Hughes had scored 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting, hauled in five rebounds, and recorded two steals without a committing a turnover.

But it wasn't just his performance that had the people in attendance enjoying what they were witnessing. By the end of the opening frame three Badger players had scored in double digits while UW tallied over 50 points in a half for the first time since December of 2006.

"We ran good cuts and we took care of the ball," UW head coach Bo Ryan said following the win. "You never know. You're not thinking of the other team when you're doing you're thing. You're not thinking score and you're not thinking about anything (else).

"You're just thinking about playing the game the way it should be played all the time."

The Badgers were simply too much for a fatigued Cal Poly team that didn't get into Madison until after midnight following its win at South Dakota State Tuesday night. UW was bigger, more athletic and more disciplined than the Mustangs who committed 22 turnovers on the night.

"We actually said that the only real chance we felt we had tonight was if we had one of those nights where we shoot 60-65 percent from the perimeter and they shot 25 percent," Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero said after the game. "We knew a couple guys that we were going to have to cheat off and the guys we cheated off went ahead and knocked down some threes.

Keaton Nankivil hit two of his four shots from distance on his way to a 12-point performance and Hughes, Jason Bohannon and Jon Leuer combined to go 11-of-17 from distance.

For the game the Badgers hit 54 percent of their shots from beyond the arc while Cal Poly, who scored first and never led again, only mustered a 28.6 percent clip in the same category.

"It was fun because our offense was clicking tonight," Hughes said. "We've been playing as a team. I feel like everybody is moving well, we've been playing great defense and, if somebody did get beat, we had help and recovered.

"I think everyone was on point even though finals are coming down."

By the end, UW had committed only nine turnovers in relation to its 22 assists. Leading the charge in that category was sophomore point guard Jordan Taylor, who dished seven helpers without committing a turnover.

"I'm just trying to get the ball to guys when they're open," Taylor, who also chipped in nine points, said. "I just give it to them and guys… and they make the shot. They make it pretty easy, I guess.

"When you shoot like we did tonight, I think it's pretty easy."

UW will be off for a week as finals are set to begin Thursday. The Badgers will return to action next Wednesday when UW-Milwaukee visits the Kohl Center.

Post game notes:

-UW's 90 points are the most since dropping 98 on Gardner-Webb in December of 2006.

-Wisconsin's 48-point margin is the largest margin since beating Florida A&M by the same mark in November of 2007.

-The Badgers hit 13 three-point shots against Cal Poly. It was the most since hitting the same amount against Florida A&M.

-Hughes became the 34th member to join the 1,000-point club at Wisconsin with a jumper at the 14:24 mark of the first half. He is the eighth player to reach the milestone under Bo Ryan. He also topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time in 10 tries this season.

-With his 15 points, Leuer completed his seventh-straight double-digit scoring effort and ninth of the season.

-Taylor's seven assists set a new career high.

What they were saying:

-Bo Ryan on Hughes reaching the 1,000-point milestone:

"For Trevon, in four years, to put those kind of numbers up and play on teams that probably average 24 or 25 wins a year or whatever it's been, that's saying a lot. He's doing that on teams where he's not the only scorer that we're looking to get 20 points and 25 shots a game. He's done that in a very democratic offense and system, and he has carried his load and then some.

"He has also improved defensively. I don't know if they have a thousand good plays defensively that they reward guys for. Maybe we should start another category. They happen to do it with points. That's tremendous, that's quite an accomplishment and that just shows it can happen here. If you are a player you can play anywhere and get things done and he's proving that here."

-Jon Leuer on playing in the pose:

"That's something I definitely wanted to work on this off-season, which being more of a post presence. I feel like I've gotten a little bit better at that. I still feel like that's a real good improvement. But any time we get the ball in the post that's good for us because the defense has to make a decision, so any time we get in there we just want to be efficient and get something out of it. That's all I'm trying to do from there, just make a play from there."

-Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero's opening comments:

"I think that what you saw was a very, very good Wisconsin basketball team. I can see how you win games and how you beat Duke and how you turn around, and like the other night, beat Marquette. We knew we bit off more than we could chew, but at our point in our program, this is something that we needed to do. So congratulate the outstanding team that you have here and the (look forward to the) exciting run towards the tournament."

-Trevon Hughes on what he plans to get coach Ryan for his birthday:

"I'd get him a photo album so he can remember our names."

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