Thursday, November 11, 2010

Badger men rout Mankato State 93-59

The Minnesota, no, the Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Badgers, that's it, the Wisconsin Badgers clobbered the visiting Mankato State Mavericks 93-59 Wednesday night.

But forgive my confusion, as the Badgers gave their best impersonation of a Minnesota club. Orono High School grad Jon Leuer led the way for the Badgers with 25 pts, 11 reb and 2 blocked shots. Benilde-St. Margaret grad Jordan Taylor followed with 20 pts and 5 assists. And Henry Sibley grad Mike Brusewitz and Jared Berggren, late of Princeton, MN, High, followed with 9 and 8 pts apiece. Yes, that adds up to exactly two-thirds of the Badger points, 62 out of 93, scored by a quartet of former Minnesota high school stars.

And the 4 did it at crunch time. The Badgers ripped off 5 9-0 runs during the course of the game to pull away from the Mavs, the 5 runs ending with the Badgers ahead 16-4 at 14:16 of the 1st half, 29-13 at 8:32, 38-15 at 6:07, 50-20 at 0:27, and 66-27 early in the second half. Their largest lead would eventually reach 40 points at 77-37, 85-45 and 87-47. The Minnesota 4 scored 36 of Wisconsin's 45 points during those 5 decisive runs.

Leuer led the Badgers with 7 of the 1st 9 points, and 4 of the 4th 9. Taylor scored 5 of 9 in both the 2nd and 3rd runs, while Berggren led the way in the 5th and final 9-0 run, also with 5 points.

It boiled down to shooting. Wisconsin shot 58.5 percent from the field and 66 percent on 2-point FG. Mankato State shot 33 percent and just 32 percent from 2-point range.

Jefferson Mason, formerly of Cooper High, was the only Mav in double figures at 20 points, and added team highs of 9 boards and 2 steals. Despite the loss, Mavs coach Matt Marganthaler is an impressive 124-34 over the last 5 years and a day. Still, he's got to be happy to have the Mav's only D1 exhibition of the past 2 years out of the way.

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