No. 17 Wisconsin held off Michigan, 68-64, in Madison on Tuesday, outlasting a Wolverines squad that played the Badgers tight for 40 minutes.
Bronson Koenig scored a team-high 16 points to go with four rebounds and one assist. In the second half, he reeled off 10 straight points.
“For us to get stops is the biggest thing, but then for Bronson to go crazy like that, obviously that helps,” Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He had a 10-0 run by himself. So for him to be on attack like that, that helps our team.”
Happ, meanwhile, finished with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
“If you see the stat line, I think I was under 50 percent shooting,” Happ said. “For someone that doesn’t shoot jumper, that’s pretty poor. Not a whole lot was going for me offensively, so I tried to get involved in other ways with the blocks. When you look up at the clock and you’re down by seven or eight, that’s when it really starts to kick up in adrenaline and that physical-ness really kicks in.”
Wisconsin improved to 15-3 (4-1), while Michigan fell to 12-7 (2-4). Zak Irvin scored a game-high 20 points for the Wolverines.
“Michigan is a good team,” Happ said. “They don’t have a great Big Ten record right now, but they’re a really good team, and for them to come in here and fight like they did tonight, that just proves it.”
Wisconsin, which has won 10 of 11, faces Minnesota (15-4, 3-3) on the road this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Minnesota has played well this year but has lost two straight Big Ten games – both on the road – to Michigan State and Penn State.
“The conference is tough,” Happ said. “There’s so much up and down this year, so it’s tough to win anywhere, but especially on the road. So going to Minnesota, we’re gong to have another knock-down, drag-out like we did tonight, I’m sure.”