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Davison, Iverson lead No. 22 Wisconsin over Illinois, 64-58

MADISON, Wis. (AP) With leading scorer Ethan Happ struggling, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard benched his star down the stretch and looked for someone else to lead the Badgers past Illinois.

Brad Davison and Khalil Iverson answered the call.

Davison scored 18 points, Iverson added 16 and the No. 22 Badgers held off Illinois 64-58 on Monday night with their leading scorer on the bench for the final four minutes.

''So many nights he's carried us,'' Gard said of Happ. ''Tonight we had to have other people carry him.''

Happ, who averages 18 points, scored just six points on 3-of-7 shooting, was 0 for 3 from the foul line and had three turnovers, including one just before he went to the bench. He also has proven a liability from the line in crunch time in past games, shooting less than 45 percent from the line. But Gard said he benched Happ because of his decision making, not his past struggles from the line.

In stepped Davison and Iverson for the Badgers (18-8, 10-5 Big Ten).

Davison's jumper put the Badgers up 54-52 with 3:21 left, giving them the lead for good. After Iverson blocked Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Davison collected the loose ball to take it in for a layup and a 56-52 lead with 2:45 to go.

From there the teams traded blows until Nate Reuvers' putback dunk on a missed 3 gave Wisconsin a 62-58 lead. Iverson then stole the ball on the next Illinois possession following a timeout, helping put away the game.

Iverson said Wisconsin coaches told the Badgers which inbounds play they thought Illinois might run and called it correctly.

''I was just trying to anticipate when he was going to throw the ball in,'' Iverson said. ''I think I'm pretty quick, and I just threw my hand up there.''

Illinois coach Brad Underwood credited his team's aggressive defensive style for holding Happ in check.

''They're a lot more than Ethan Happ, and I think we're the one team that's a little bit different in Big Ten play,'' Underwood said. ''We're going to pick you up and get after you earlier and maybe Ethan doesn't get those spots.''

Aaron Jordan finished with 12 points for the Illini, while Ayo Dosunmu added 11 and Bezhanishvili 10.

BRUTAL START

As exciting as the finish may have been, it was an ugly beginning offensively for both teams. The Badgers hit just 3 of 16 to start and didn't crack double digits for scoring until 6:42 left in the first half. But Illinois wasn't much better at 4 of 13 to start. Wisconsin's offense didn't generate much excitement until Iverson's putback dunk at the buzzer to pull the Badgers within 26-25.

D'Mitrik Trice's 3 to open the second half gave the Badgers their first lead of the game. It also was Trice's first bucket after missing three shots on Wisconsin's first three possessions. Gard said those early misses weren't bad shots, either. ''The two or three that Trice had, he's not that open if he's in the gym by himself,'' Gard said, adding his confidence waned after the early misses.

BACK, BUT NOT THE SAME

Illinois' Trent Frazier left the game early in the second half after tangling with Davison on the Badger's layup attempt. Davison appeared to come down on the back of Frazier's ankle, and he was helped off the court and back to the locker room. But he quickly returned to the bench and was back in not long after, though Underwood said he ''didn't quite have the same pop in his game.'' He finished with eight points after shooting 3 for 10 for the game, including 1 for 4 in the second half after returning.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini had won four straight coming in and were looking for their first five-game conference winning streak since 2013. Instead, they lost their 15th in a row to the Badgers, the longest streak to any Illinois opponent.

Wisconsin: The Badgers snapped a two-game losing streak and proved they could win in a grind-it-out game with Happ on the bench.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Hosts Penn State on Saturday.

Wisconsin: Travels to Northwestern on Saturday.

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Key Players
A. Dosunmu
11 G
E. Happ
22 F
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
18.4 Pts. Per Game 18.4
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
10.5 Reb. Per Game 10.5
43.7 Field Goal % 54.3
34.8 Three Point % 0.0
70.3 Free Throw % 43.4
  Defensive rebound by Khalil Iverson 0.0
  Andres Feliz missed layup, blocked by Nate Reuvers 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 7.0
  Brevin Pritzl missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
+ 1 Brevin Pritzl made 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Aaron Jordan 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Brevin Pritzl 7.0
  Giorgi Bezhanishvili missed tip-in 7.0
  Offensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 8.0
  Ayo Dosunmu missed layup 9.0
+ 1 Khalil Iverson made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
Team Stats
Points 58 64
Field Goals 21-56 (37.5%) 22-55 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 10-11 (90.9%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 33 40
Offensive 7 12
Defensive 23 26
Team 3 2
Assists 9 9
Steals 6 6
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 13 10
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Illinois 10-16 263258
home team logo 22 Wisconsin 18-8 253964
Team Stats
away team logo Illinois 10-16 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo 22 Wisconsin 18-8 69.1 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
11
A. Dosunmu G 13.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.3 APG 43.5 FG%
34
B. Davison G 10.7 PPG 3.3 RPG 1.8 APG 39.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Dosunmu G 13 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
B. Davison G 18 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
37.5 FG% 40.0
31.6 3PT FG% 27.8
90.9 FT% 65.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 13 2 3 4/15 1/7 4/5 1 32 0 0 2 0 2
A. Jordan 12 2 0 3/5 2/3 4/4 3 31 1 0 1 1 1
G. Bezhanishvili 10 4 0 5/11 0/0 0/0 4 30 2 3 5 2 2
T. Frazier 8 2 2 3/10 2/6 0/0 1 29 0 0 3 1 1
D. Williams 4 6 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 21 2 0 0 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 13 2 3 4/15 1/7 4/5 1 32 0 0 2 0 2
A. Jordan 12 2 0 3/5 2/3 4/4 3 31 1 0 1 1 1
G. Bezhanishvili 10 4 0 5/11 0/0 0/0 4 30 2 3 5 2 2
T. Frazier 8 2 2 3/10 2/6 0/0 1 29 0 0 3 1 1
D. Williams 4 6 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 21 2 0 0 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Griffin 5 1 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 0
A. Feliz 4 6 2 1/5 0/0 2/2 4 25 0 0 0 1 5
T. Jones 2 3 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 8 0 0 0 0 3
A. De La Rosa 0 4 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 10 1 0 2 0 4
K. Nichols 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Underwood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Higgs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 30 9 21/56 6/19 10/11 21 200 6 4 13 7 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Davison 18 7 3 5/10 2/6 6/8 1 35 2 0 1 0 7
K. Iverson 16 9 1 5/8 0/0 6/8 3 32 2 1 3 5 4
N. Reuvers 9 5 0 4/9 1/2 0/0 4 29 0 3 0 2 3
D. Trice 7 2 2 2/9 1/5 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 0 2
E. Happ 6 3 2 3/7 0/0 0/3 1 27 2 0 3 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Davison 18 7 3 5/10 2/6 6/8 1 35 2 0 1 0 7
K. Iverson 16 9 1 5/8 0/0 6/8 3 32 2 1 3 5 4
N. Reuvers 9 5 0 4/9 1/2 0/0 4 29 0 3 0 2 3
D. Trice 7 2 2 2/9 1/5 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 0 2
E. Happ 6 3 2 3/7 0/0 0/3 1 27 2 0 3 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Pritzl 6 10 1 2/7 1/4 1/2 0 31 0 1 1 4 6
K. King 2 2 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 20 0 0 1 0 2
C. Thomas IV 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ford 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ballard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. McGrory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Currie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Strickland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hedstrom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 38 9 22/55 5/18 15/23 14 200 6 5 10 12 26