Ethan Happ leads Wisconsin past Houston Baptist, 96-59
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ scored 15 points and became Wisconsin's all-time leading rebounder as the Badgers pounded Houston Baptist 96-59 on Saturday.
The Huskies (1-2) had no answer for Happ, who registered his third straight double-double to open the season with a game high 12 rebounds for Wisconsin (3-0).
That included rebound No. 905 in the first half, pushing him past Claude Gregory, who played for the Badgers from 1978-81. Happ now has 911 for his career.
The game was never in doubt as the Badgers built their first double-digit lead six minutes into the game, pushed it to 21 a little more than halfway through the first half and crossed the 30-point mark early in the second half.
Happ, who played point guard through his freshman year of high school, continues to do a little bit of everything for the Badgers. After tallying 17 assists in Wisconsin's first two games, he had six Saturday and could've had more. At one point, he led the fast break, put on a nice spin move short of half court and flipped a behind-the-back pass to D'Mitrik Trice in the corner. But the 3-point attempt rimmed out.
Brevin Pritzl scored 17 points for the Badgers, who had five players score in double figures.
Ian DuBose led the Huskies with 18 points.
Houston Baptist: Teams from the Southland Conference are now 0-7 against Wisconsin. The Huskies will presumably have better nights this season than playing on the road against a Big Ten team.
Wisconsin: It was an efficient tune-up before the Badgers face stiffer competition in the Bahamas in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Badgers shot 67 percent in the first half, including 50 percent from the 3-point line, and were never really challenged.
Houston Baptist: The Huskies travel to Wake Forest on Friday.
Wisconsin: The Badgers head to the Bahamas to play Stanford.