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Wisconsin defeats Eastern Illinois, honors Moore family

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Friday night was perhaps the most emotional home opener in the history of the Wisconsin men's basketball program.

Kobe King scored a game-high 18 points, Nate Reuvers added 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks, and the Badgers defeated Eastern Illinois 65-52.

But the night belonged to Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore.

Before the game, Wisconsin had a video tribute and a moment of silence for Moore and his family. The Moore family was involved in a fatal accident in May. Moore's wife, Jen, and 9-year-old daughter, Jaidyn, were killed, as was the driver of the vehicle that collided with the Moore family's SUV.

''The crowd did a great job of a very warm ovation at the right times,'' Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. ''It's great to see them. It's obviously been a. ... it's uncharted water in terms of what this group and the Moore family have been through. ... I thought tonight was a nice, well-needed recognition of the Moore family and it was good to see them.''

Moore suffered serious burns and his 13-year-old son, Jerell, escaped with minor injuries. Moore had plans on returning to coaching this season. But a month after the accident, Moore was back in the hospital after being found unconscious in his home. He is on medical leave.

Moore's parents spoke to the crowd before the game, and Jerell was introduced as an honorary member of the Badgers' starting lineup. Jerell wore No. 34, the jersey number his father donned for Wisconsin in the 1990s.

''We're just trying to help make his life as normal as possible,'' Gard said of Jerell. ''We can't replace his mom, we can't replace his sister, but we can try to do a lot of other things to help the kid out. I can't imagine, at 13 years old, what that kid has gone through. It was actually Patrick Herb's (Wisconsin athletics' director of brand strategy) idea to make him the sixth starter. I thought that was awesome.''

The Badgers are wearing warm-up shirts this season honoring Moore. They read: Be Moore. Do Moore. 4 Moore.

On the court, Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford had 11 points before fouling out, as the Badgers (1-1) bounced back from their season-opening overtime loss to No. 20 Saint Mary's on Tuesday.

Marvin Johnson led Eastern Illinois with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and George Dixon added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.

The highlight of the night came when King used a jab step to blow by Eastern Illinois' Dondre Duffus and dunked to give the Badgers an early 14-7 lead.

''Me and Coach Tucker (interim assistant Alando Tucker) were talking about. ... because Coach Gard goes, `Two points is two points regardless,' and Coach Tuck goes, `Nah, sometimes a dunk is like five points because you get the crowd into it, you're feeling good.' When I saw that little gap, I kind of took off. ... it was pretty neat.''

The Panthers gave the Badgers all they could handle. Wisconsin led by only seven at halftime, and the Panthers pulled within three with less than nine minutes to play after a 3-pointer by Mack Smith before the Badgers pulled away.

''I thought we competed really hard,'' Eastern Illinois coach Jay Spoonhour said. ''They're - as they always are - they're a very solid team and they don't do anything to beat themselves, ever, and they never have. We've got lots of new faces that are playing a lot of minutes and we did some things tonight to ourselves. But I also felt the Badgers had a lot to do with it.''

DIFFERENCE AT THE CHARITY STRIPE

The Badgers dominated the Panthers inside and it showed at the free throw line. Wisconsin made 20 of 24 attempts at the stripe, while Eastern Illinois shot 3 of 8 from the line.

BIG PICTURE

The Panthers continued their difficult opening week. Eastern Illinois fell 85-60 to No. 13 Texas Tech, last season's national champion runner-up, on Tuesday night. The tough out-of-conference slate will prepare Eastern Illinois for their competition in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Wisconsin returns nearly 62% of its scoring from last season's team that finished 23-11 overall and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers look as though they will rely heavily on their defense while figuring out how to replace the production of graduated big man Ethan Happ.

UP NEXT

Eastern Illinois: Hosts Chicago State on Tuesday.

Wisconsin: Host McNeese State on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Marvin Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Dixon 4.0
  Offensive rebound by George Dixon 10.0
  Shareef Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
+ 2 D'Mitrik Trice made jump shot 22.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Marvin Johnson 47.0
+ 1 Nate Reuvers made 2nd of 2 free throws 54.0
+ 1 Nate Reuvers made 1st of 2 free throws 54.0
  Personal foul on Shareef Smith 54.0
+ 2 George Dixon made layup 1:00
  Defensive rebound by Eastern Illinois 1:17
  Brevin Pritzl missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:19
Team Stats
Points 52 65
Field Goals 21-63 (33.3%) 21-55 (38.2%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 3-18 (16.7%)
Free Throws 3-8 (37.5%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 35 42
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 23 29
Team 2 1
Assists 10 7
Steals 6 6
Blocks 4 12
Turnovers 11 11
Fouls 22 13
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo E. Illinois 0-2 272552
home team logo Wisconsin 1-1 343165
Team Stats
away team logo E. Illinois 0-2 70.0 PPG 38.7 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Wisconsin 1-1 72.0 PPG 36.5 RPG 11.3 APG
Key Players
4
M. Johnson G 10.3 PPG 4.0 RPG 1.7 APG 25.6 FG%
23
K. King G 11.3 PPG 4.3 RPG 1.7 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Johnson G 12 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
K. King G 18 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
33.3 FG% 38.2
36.8 3PT FG% 16.7
37.5 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Johnson 12 3 1 5/17 2/4 0/0 1 29 1 0 3 2 1
G. Dixon 11 8 4 4/8 1/1 2/6 4 32 2 1 0 5 3
J. Skipper-Brown 6 2 0 3/6 0/1 0/0 4 25 1 2 2 0 2
M. Smith 5 3 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 27 1 0 2 0 3
J. Wallace 5 5 1 2/12 1/3 0/0 1 26 0 1 0 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Johnson 12 3 1 5/17 2/4 0/0 1 29 1 0 3 2 1
G. Dixon 11 8 4 4/8 1/1 2/6 4 32 2 1 0 5 3
J. Skipper-Brown 6 2 0 3/6 0/1 0/0 4 25 1 2 2 0 2
M. Smith 5 3 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 27 1 0 2 0 3
J. Wallace 5 5 1 2/12 1/3 0/0 1 26 0 1 0 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Deang 6 5 1 2/6 1/2 1/2 1 25 1 0 2 0 5
S. Smith 5 2 3 2/7 1/4 0/0 4 19 0 0 1 0 2
J. Matlock 2 5 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 12 0 0 0 3 2
D. Duffus 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
B. Shaw 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Koch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Charles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 33 10 21/63 7/19 3/8 22 200 6 4 11 10 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. King 18 6 0 5/12 0/1 8/10 0 37 3 1 0 3 3
N. Reuvers 14 14 0 4/8 1/2 5/5 2 33 0 9 3 3 11
A. Ford 11 4 0 4/10 1/5 2/3 5 17 1 0 1 0 4
B. Davison 8 3 4 3/6 0/2 2/2 1 30 1 0 2 2 1
D. Trice 4 4 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 27 1 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. King 18 6 0 5/12 0/1 8/10 0 37 3 1 0 3 3
N. Reuvers 14 14 0 4/8 1/2 5/5 2 33 0 9 3 3 11
A. Ford 11 4 0 4/10 1/5 2/3 5 17 1 0 1 0 4
B. Davison 8 3 4 3/6 0/2 2/2 1 30 1 0 2 2 1
D. Trice 4 4 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 27 1 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Pritzl 9 7 0 3/9 1/6 2/2 3 26 0 1 2 2 5
T. Anderson 1 3 2 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 14 0 0 0 1 2
M. Ballard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hedstrom 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Wahl 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 1 1 0 0
S. Qawi 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Cuevas 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. McGrory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 41 7 21/55 3/18 20/24 13 200 6 12 11 12 29