By Adam Roberts – 11/26/2020
Things were maybe a little closer than they should have been in the second half, but #7 Wisconsin had a big enough cushion after one half to secure a 77-67 win over Eastern Illinois. Nate Reuvers put up 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the scoring while Ben Carlson added 13 points and D’Mitrik Trice had 11.
First game jitters aside, consistency is something Greg Gard wants to improve upon going forward. “That’s one thing tonight…I think we were much better in the first half than in the second half” Gard said afterwards. “Part of that’s me shuffling more guys through, and part of that is just being more consistent.”
For fans in our area, the story of interest was how quickly Johnny Davis would score his first points as a Badger. The answer was just over 6 minutes, laying in a floater with 13:29 remaining in the first. Davis would end up with 8 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist, steal, and blocked shot each in 15 minutes off the bench.
1-0 Wisconsin next takes on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Kohl Center tomorrow night. Our coverage begins at 7pm on ESPN La Crosse 105.5. If you’re in the Coulee Region, you can stream tomorrow night’s action right here at espnlacrosse.com.