BYU vs. No. 11 Wisconsin: Game Notes & Quotes

(Photo by Jonathan Hardy/BYU Photo)
Player Notes
  • Noah Hartsock got BYU on the board with a layup just 15 seconds into the game. Hartsock finished the game with a team-high 18 points and 6 rebounds and a season-high 4 blocked shots.
  • Stephen Rogers came off the bench in the first half and in eight minutes scored 6 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.
  • Damarcus Harrison also provided some spark off the bench with 9 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
  • Hartsock and Charles Abouo were named to the All-Tournament Team. Hartsock averaged 17.3 points and five boards while Abouo added 15 points and 8.8 rebounds throughout the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
 
Team Notes
  • Head coach Dave Rose went with the starting lineup of Anson Winder, Brock Zylstra, Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies for the second-straight game.
  • Four out of five BYU starters scored in the first eight minutes of play. Winder was the only one not on the board but he did serve up 2 assists. Winder finished with 3 dimes.
  • BYU made 5 of 5 from behind the charity stripe in the first half and 6 of 6 in the second for a perfect night from the free throw line. It was the first time BYU shot 100 percent from the line since the team made 8 of 8 at San Diego State in the 2009-10 season.
  • The Cougars made just one 3-pointer after making 35 in the last three games. BYU was 1 of 10 from behind the arc.
 
Game Trends
  • Both teams came out hot. BYU made their first three shots but Wisconsin knocked down their first six shots including five three-pointers to take a 17-8 Badger lead 15:41 to go in the first half.
  • Harrison drained a 3-pointer as part of a 14-2 BYU run to tie the score at 24-24 with 8:57 remaining in the first half.
  • Rogers made a turnaround jumper with over five minutes in the first half to give BYU its first lead of the game since a 2-0 start at 28-26.
  • Both teams trades baskets in the first four minutes of the second half with the score tied 38-38.
  • Wisconsin continued to drain treys, getting its 10th 3-pointer to give them a 53-42 lead with 8:46 to go in the second half.
  • The Badgers 3-point onslaught continued with a 13th at the buzzer of the shot clock to push their lead to 65-46 with 4:25 to go. Wisconsin finished 13 of 24 from behind the arc.

 

 
Head coach Dave Rose
“I think that what we did expect was for Wisconsin to shoot the ball well since that is what they have done well. They are an extremely patient team and have five shooters on the floor at all times. This season for us, we haven’t faced that yet.”
 
On Wisconsin’s 3-point shooting:
“We were denying them on the wings and forcing them further out. There were critical times where we needed to score and we didn’t. Or we needed to get a stop and we didn’t and it turned into the game what it was. We need to be a lot more consistent with our play through the game to beat a team like that.”
 
On the physicality of the game:
“Wisconsin is good and the post guys are really physical and will play with their body. The officials were going to let the game be physical. That’s a game where you have to toughen up and play through contact, catch through contact and rebound through contact. We will have a lot of opportunities to see where we didn’t do that on film and learn from it do better.”
 
“Noah is really, really competing. I think our players are starting to rely on him in crucial possessions and times. I think the role that he will play on this team is being established,. He’s a guy we need to have big nights from scoring and rebounding the ball. The better he plays the more our team can rely on him.”