Landry leads Wisconsin over Wis.-Milwaukee 61-39
MILWAUKEE (AP)—Marcus Landry scored 16 points, Brian Butch added 14 and Trevon Hughes had 12, as Wisconsin beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 61-39 on Wednesday night for the 15th straight time.
While it wasn’t pretty, the Badgers (7-2) gritted out a win against an in-state opponent after losing to Marquette at home in their last game. Hughes, a sophomore point guard, called his play in that game a joke and Wisconsin was outrebounded by the undersized Golden Eagles to end a 28-game home winning streak.
Milwaukee (3-7) last beat Wisconsin 15 years ago to the day, but the Panthers have a current six-game losing streak, with their three wins coming over teams that were a combined 3-21 coming into Wednesday’s games.
It was clear the Panthers were overmatched in this one, too, but Wisconsin’s sloppy play kept Milwaukee close most of the first half. Early in the second the Badgers began to pull away, opening with a 6-0 run as Milwaukee went scoreless for the first five minutes and committed six turnovers.
Landry hit a wide open 3-pointer with 13:28 left to give the Badgers a 40-23 lead and they led by as many as 25 as the two teams combined for 35 turnovers. Butch also had seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which won its first road game this season in two tries.
Torre Johnson, a transfer from Oklahoma State, scored 10 to lead the Panthers, who were outrebounded 37-16.
Milwaukee had another long scoreless streak in the first half, going more than four minutes without any points. But Wisconsin only managed a 7-0 run in that stretch due to turnovers that left coach Bo Ryan yelling at the referees in frustration.
Hughes’ jumping pass to an open Michael Flowers in the corner for 3 gave the Badgers a 19-11 lead, but Wisconsin turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions.
Milwaukee never could mount a run as Wisconsin pushed the lead to 10 just before half when Hughes again found Flowers for a layup in the final minute and Hughes scored an easy bucket of his own just before the buzzer.
The two coaches share a lengthy history.
Panthers coach Rob Jeter played for Ryan at Wisconsin-Platteville and later became Ryan’s assistant at Platteville, Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Ryan left for the Badgers after two years in Milwaukee, but he laid the foundation for the Panthers’ rise to the upper echelon of mid-majors under Bruce Pearl, who led the Panthers to the NCAA round of 16 in 2005.