November 21, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay coach Linc Darner knew the Phoenix couldn’t guard Wisconsin one-on-one down low, so he had to roll the dice and double the Badgers in the post.

It didn’t work.

Nate Reuvers (pictured) scored 19 points and Brad Davison added 15, all in the first half, as Wisconsin beat Green Bay 88-70 behind hot shooting from the perimeter in the Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper.

Wisconsin (4-1) was 15 of 31 from the 3-point line after hitting 48 percent of its 3-point attempts in a win over Marquette on Sunday. In their first three games of the season, the Badgers shot just 28 percent from behind the arc.

“Our whole game plan was to hope they miss,” Darner said.

Green Bay (1-3) looked like it was on the verge of being run out of the gym with less than 2 minutes left in the first half after Davison converted a 4-point play to put the Badgers up 46-26.

But Davison was hurt on the play and came off the court limping. He started the second half before going to the bench just 2 minutes into the period and began riding an exercise bike. After Green Bay used a 13-2 run to close the gap to 12, Davison returned. Aleem Ford quickly knocked down a 3-pointer, and the threat was extinguished.

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said he has no long-term concerns about Davison’s availability.

“He made me put him back in. That shows you the toughness of that cat. He’s fine,” Gard said.

Amari Davis led Green Bay with 16 points and JayQuan McCloud added 13.

The Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper resumes on Friday with Richmond hosting McNeese.

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