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Happ, No. 17 Wisconsin shred zone, beat No. 22 Orange 77-60

MADISON, Wis. (AP) With big men who can pass and a veteran guard who can get on a roll from 3-point territory, Wisconsin has the tools to shred a zone defense.

Syracuse learned the hard way on Tuesday night.

Ethan Happ had 24 points and 13 rebounds, zone-busting guard Bronson Koenig scored 20 points and the 17th-ranked Badgers defeated the 22nd-ranked Orange 77-60.

Nigel Hayes added nine points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

''Shared the ball extremely well, were very unselfish. Made good adjustments,'' coach Greg Gard said. ''Just a group that's getting closer and closer together, and as we get closer and closer together, the chemistry gets better.''

Koenig, the seasoned senior, was 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and the Badgers (6-2) shot 48 percent overall (11 of 23) from behind the arc against the Orange's 2-3 zone.

Coach Jim Boeheim said his team was still learning the intricacies of the zone early in the season.

''Our defense was not good the whole game, and our offense slipped in the second half,'' he said. ''But we just didn't cover the shooters.''

Wisconsin led by as much as 17 in the second half before Syracuse (4-2) went on a 6-0 run capped by John Gillon's layup with 11:25 left. Two Wisconsin turnovers in that span with Koenig on the bench gave Syracuse the opening.

Gard inserted Koenig back in the game and the Badgers went on a 7-2 run to retake a 16-point lead with 9:24 left.

Andrew White III led Syracuse with 14 points, but went scoreless in the second half after Gard assigned 6-foot-8 Hayes to defend the 6-7 sharpshooter. DaJuan Coleman added 12 points.

With deft ball-handlers Happ and Hayes up front, Wisconsin gave Syracuse's zone fits.

The 6-foot-8 Hayes found open shooters working from the high post. Happ expertly maneuvered around defenders in the low post for trademark baseline layups. Koenig softened up the zone from the perimeter.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: White kept his team in the game early after the Orange trailed by 14 midway through the first half. The transfer from Nebraska has fit in nicely as a go-to scorer from the perimeter, and his 6-7 frame is well-suited for Boeheim's zone. White was 4 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half, and Syracuse was able to chip away with Hayes and Koenig on the bench with two fouls apiece to get within 43-39 at halftime.

Wisconsin: Gard preaches ball movement and the importance of making the extra pass, both keys to playing the zone. A senior-laden starting lineup also has the experience of facing different looks and pressure situations.

LOCKDOWN

Six-3 guard Zak Showalter had the initial defensive assignment on White before the Badgers switched to Hayes after halftime.

''I wanted to make sure that I tried to get at least one steal where I just knocked it out of his hands,'' Hayes said. ''That way he'll shield the ball when he comes off a screen. It makes it a little harder for him to catch and shoot it if he's got the ball on his back hip trying to keep it away from me.''

LYDON DOWN

Syracuse star Tyler Lydon finished with nine points, but was just 1 of 2 for two points in the second half. The 6-9 Lydon is starting at small forward.

''It's a little harder for him at the 3. He's more effective offensively at'' center, Boeheim said. ''He's being covered by a 6-4 guy and he's not really a post-up player. That guy is taking away his 3s out there.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Syracuse: The Orange lost their second straight game after falling to South Carolina in New York on Saturday. They fell to their first ranked foe, albeit in a tough road environment. It could knock Syracuse down a spot or two in the next poll next week.

Wisconsin: The Badgers picked up their first win over a ranked opponent, though how they fare in the next poll will be determined by whether they can beat Oklahoma on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: Returns to the Carrier Dome on Saturday to host North Florida following a two-game swing away from home.

Wisconsin: A tough early-season schedule continues when the Sooners visit Madison on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Zak Showalter missed jump shot 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Brevin Pritzl 2.0
  Andy Van Vliet missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Matt Ferris 27.0
  Frank Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot 29.0
  Personal foul on Andy Van Vliet 38.0
  Defensive rebound by Paschal Chukwu 39.0
  Nigel Hayes missed free throw 39.0
  Personal foul on Tyus Battle 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Wisconsin 45.0
  Frank Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot 47.0
Team Stats
Points 60 77
Field Goals 21-55 (38.2%) 29-59 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 6-23 (26.1%) 11-23 (47.8%)
Free Throws 12-13 (92.3%) 8-16 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 25 40
Offensive 7 13
Defensive 17 25
Team 1 2
Assists 9 21
Steals 9 4
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 10 12
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 5 REB
24 PTS, 13 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 22 Syracuse 4-2 392160
home team logo 17 Wisconsin 6-2 433477
Team Stats
away team logo 22 Syracuse 4-2 70.0 PPG 39.4 RPG 12.2 APG
home team logo 17 Wisconsin 6-2 70.1 PPG 36.7 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
00
A. White III G PPG RPG APG FG%
22
E. Happ F 18.4 PPG 10.5 RPG 4.8 APG 54.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. White III G 14 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
E. Happ F 24 PTS 13 REB 4 AST
38.2 FG% 49.2
26.1 3PT FG% 47.8
92.3 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. White III 14 5 0 5/15 4/9 0/0 2 38 2 1 2 1 4
D. Coleman 12 3 0 5/7 0/0 2/2 3 30 1 0 0 1 2
T. Lydon 9 5 2 4/9 1/6 0/0 3 36 0 0 1 2 3
F. Howard 7 1 2 2/8 1/4 2/2 0 16 3 0 1 0 1
T. Roberson 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 13 1 1 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. White III 14 5 0 5/15 4/9 0/0 2 38 2 1 2 1 4
D. Coleman 12 3 0 5/7 0/0 2/2 3 30 1 0 0 1 2
T. Lydon 9 5 2 4/9 1/6 0/0 3 36 0 0 1 2 3
F. Howard 7 1 2 2/8 1/4 2/2 0 16 3 0 1 0 1
T. Roberson 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 13 1 1 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gillon 10 1 4 3/6 0/2 4/5 1 24 1 0 2 0 1
T. Battle 4 2 1 1/4 0/2 2/2 4 20 0 0 2 0 2
T. Thompson 4 4 0 1/4 0/0 2/2 2 16 1 1 1 2 2
P. Chukwu 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 0 1
D. Akintobi-Adeyeye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sutton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Radner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dourdas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Moyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 24 9 21/55 6/23 12/13 18 200 9 3 10 7 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 24 13 4 10/12 0/0 4/8 0 32 1 1 4 6 7
B. Koenig 20 2 1 7/11 6/9 0/0 3 27 0 0 0 0 2
V. Brown 10 3 2 4/10 2/6 0/0 0 33 1 0 2 1 2
N. Hayes 9 11 10 4/11 0/0 1/3 3 32 1 0 3 5 6
Z. Showalter 8 1 4 2/5 1/2 3/4 3 29 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 24 13 4 10/12 0/0 4/8 0 32 1 1 4 6 7
B. Koenig 20 2 1 7/11 6/9 0/0 3 27 0 0 0 0 2
V. Brown 10 3 2 4/10 2/6 0/0 0 33 1 0 2 1 2
N. Hayes 9 11 10 4/11 0/0 1/3 3 32 1 0 3 5 6
Z. Showalter 8 1 4 2/5 1/2 3/4 3 29 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Trice 6 3 0 2/5 2/4 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 0 3
J. Hill 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 1
A. Moesch 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ferris 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
T. Schlundt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Illikainen 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/1 0 6 0 0 1 0 1
K. Iverson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
B. Pritzl 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
C. Thomas IV 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 0 1 0 1
A. Van Vliet 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ballard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 38 21 29/59 11/23 8/16 14 200 4 1 12 13 25