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La Crosse’s Davis scores 8 in debut for No. 7 Badgers

Rick Solem

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Eastern Illinois' George Dixon (35) defends against Wisconsin's Tyler Wahl (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 77-67. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

In his first collegiate game, La Crosse native Jonathan Davis scored eight points off the bench as the No. 7 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team defeated Eastern Illinois 77-67 on Wednesday.

Davis

Here’s his first bucket for Wisconsin.

Davis, a freshman from Central High School, scored all his points in the first half.

In 15 minutes of action, Davis went 4-for-7 from the field and 0-for-1 from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-5 guard had two rebounds, an assist, steal, block and two turnovers.

A few days ago, Wisconsin point guard D’Mitrik Trice had this to say of Johnny Davis.

Trice

“Johnny is really coming into his own here, especially recently,” Trice said. “He’s a confident guy. He honestly shoots it a lot better than I had anticipated when he first came in. He knocks down shots, super energetic, rebounds, and he has long, long arms. He gets rebounds and he’s really explosive.

“Obviously, we’re not gonna ask him to come in and score 15 points a game, but what he brings is that energy. He plays defense, he rebounds, and he shoots the open shots. I think he’s gonna be an all-around type of player — rebounder, scoring, and defending.”

Davis was Mr. Basketball of Wisconsin last year, averaging 27.2 points, 9.2 rebounds for the Raiders. He chose the Badgers over Minnesota, West Virginia, Marquette, Iowa, UNLV and DePaul.

Jonathan Davis’ twin brother Jordan Davis did not play.

The Badgers were up 43-20 on the Panthers at halftime.

Nate Reuvers was one of just three Badgers in double figures, leading the team with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting — 2 of 3 from deep. He also had nine rebounds and five blocks.

Wisconsin shot 42.1% from the field (24-57) and 7-for-23 from deep. They were outrebounded 40-37, including 13-8 on the offensive glass.

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