ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)—Wisconsin’s hot shooting helped it avoid losing consecutive games for the first time in nearly two years.
Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes each scored 16 points and the Badgers beat No. 23 Michigan 73-61 Wednesday in a Big Ten opener.
Jon Leuer added 12 points for the Badgers (10-3), coming off a five-point loss to then-No. 9 Texas last week. Wisconsin has not lost consecutive games since falling to Ohio State and Michigan State in February 2007.
“It answered a bunch of questions for us,” Hughes said. “Obviously, it showed we can still play Wisconsin defense and take care of the ball. We shot over 50 percent and that’s tremendous. Everything we threw up basically went in.”
Freshman Zack Novak scored a season-high 20 points and DeShawn Sims had 14 for the Wolverines (10-3). Michigan had won five in a row.
Manny Harris came into the game as the Wolverines’ leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game, but was held to 9 points on 3-for-13 shooting.
“We did nothing special,” Ryan said of defending Harris who came into the game as the Wolverines’ leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game. “Sometimes you get hot as a shooter and sometimes maybe you’re not. You don’t quite have that feel working. But we didn’t do anything differently then we’ve tried to do on some of the other teams’ better shooters.
“He’ll get that feel back. Look at what we had to shoot (58.7 percent) to get in here and get a win.”
The Badgers beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season. They previously lost to Connecticut, Marquette and Texas.
Hughes scored 10 straight points early in the second half as the Badgers built a comfortable lead. The Wolverines cut the deficit to nine with three minutes remaining, but Wisconsin held on by making its free throws.
Wisconsin set the tone early by hitting nine of its first 10 shots in taking a 24-12 lead. The Badgers’ defense created problems early on for the Wolverines, holding them without a basket for 4 1/2 minutes.
The Badgers made 58.7 percent of their shot overall while Michigan made under 40 percent.
“Wisconsin just put on a clinic in the first half on how to play solid basketball, what it means to play solid defense and be patient,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “It’s the way we want our program to be one day.”