|Hughes, Butch combine for 49 points as Wisconsin beats IPFW 83-55|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 11 November 2007 15:49|
The Mastodons return three starters from a team that went 12-14 last season and were picked in a preseason poll to finish seventh in the Summit League, which they joined just this season.
Still, IPFW led most of the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Ben Botts and a layup from Jaraun Burrows capped an 8-0 run and put the Mastodons up 27-16.
Then Hughes took over.
He began a 16-2 Wisconsin run with a floater in the lane and followed with two free throws on the next possession. His three-pointer with 2 minutes, 28 seconds left in the half gave Wisconsin its first lead since the opening minutes, and he ended up with 14 points in the run as Wisconsin went up 32-29.
The Mastodons looked rattled during the run, hitting just 1-of-8 shots from the field and committing four turnovers.
Wisconsin led 38-32 at half and then blew open the game early in the second half with a 15-1 run that put them up 59-40.
It was a brutal second half for the Mastodons, who shot 27 percent from the field for the period, including 2-of-13 from behind the three-point line.
Botts led IPFW with 14 points, while Burrows scored 12.
Wisconsin senior Michael Flowers, who started all 36 games last year, began the game on the bench. Selected to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team last season, Flowers took a two-week leave from the team for an undisclosed medical reason but came back in time to play in both of the Badgers' exhibition games.
Flowers was inconsistent in those two games, and that continued Sunday. He committed a turnover the first time he touched the ball and was just 2-for-9 from the field for the game. He finished with five points, committed three turnovers and grabbed three steals.