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D'Mitrik Trice leads Wisconsin over Coppin State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Ethan Happ has fans.

Coppin State coach Juan Dixon, for one, has been impressed by the Wisconsin preseason All-American for some time.

Happ recorded the second triple-double in Wisconsin history in the season opener Tuesday night, sparking the Badgers to an 85-63 win over Dixon and the Eagles

An assistant at Maryland, Dixon had the chance to watch Happ early in his career.

''I knew he was going to be a special player,'' Dixon said. ''He was one of my favorite players in the country back then.

''I knew we would have our hands full (with Happ) this time.''

D'Mtrik Trice scored 21 points and Brevin Pritzl added 16 for Wisconsin.

Happ recorded the second triple-double in program history with 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists.

Happ didn't score a basket until the 10:48 mark of the first half. Happ faced double teams nearly every time he touched the ball.

Pritzl capped a 20-2 Badgers run with a 3-pointer that gave Wisconsin a 26-13 lead with 9:37 to go in the first half.

Lamar Morgan scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers for the Eagles, who had 14 turnovers. Taqwain Drummond scored 11 points and had five rebounds.

Chad Andrews-Fulton scored six points, but went to the bench for a spell with his third foul with 17:42 remaining in the game.

Happ joins Josh Gasser with a triple double.

''We've got a lot of shooters and you could kind of tell that was (Coppin State's) game plan to just take me away,'' Happ said. ''It worked out well with having them knock down those shots early.''

Wisconsin shot 41 percent, including 14 of 26 in the first half, and outscored Coppin State 17-7 in bench points.

The Badgers shot 37.5 percent from 3-point range, and were paced by Trice, who scored 5 of 9 baskets from long range.

BIG PICTURE

Coppin State: The Eagles aren't afraid of hanging out beyond the perimeter to find an open look. They shot 39 percent from the field from 3-point range, and six different players drained a 3.

Wisconsin: Pritzl scored 16 points off the bench, and reserves contributed 30 points overall. Trice, a point guard who played 10 games last season before breaking his right foot, received a medical hardship waiver for the 2018-19 season.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin plays Xavier in the Gavitt Tipoff Games in Cincinnati on Nov. 13. The Musketeers upended the Badgers 80-70 in the tournament last season.

Coppin State travels to Dayton on Saturday, for the second game of an eight-game road trip. The Eagles don't play their first home game until Dec. 3 against Maryland-Baltimore County.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Ibn Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Kent Auslander 16.0
  Michael Ballard missed 3-pt. jump shot 18.0
+ 1 Justin Steers made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Justin Steers made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Personal foul on Michael Ballard 37.0
  Offensive rebound by Justin Steers 37.0
  Nigel Marshall missed jump shot 39.0
+ 1 Charles Thomas IV made 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
  Charles Thomas IV missed 1st of 2 free throws 53.0
  Personal foul on Justin Steers 54.0
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Coppin State 0-1 273663
home team logo Wisconsin 1-0 493685
Team Stats
away team logo Coppin State 0-1 64.2 PPG 40.2 RPG 9.9 APG
home team logo Wisconsin 1-0 68.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
13
D. Clayton 14.5 PPG 2.9 RPG 3.8 APG 39.9 FG%
22
E. Happ 17.3 PPG 10.1 RPG 4.5 APG 53.0 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB