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La Crosse’s Davis has career night in Badgers win

Rick Solem

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He scored 17 points in 18 minutes.

That’s the line for La Crosse native Jonathan Davis in the 72-56 win for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Tuesday over Penn State.

Davis had career highs in points, 3-pointers, field goals made, steals and turnovers.

The freshman was 6-for-7 from the field, including 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. Davis also had four rebounds, three steals — which tied a career high — an assist and six turnovers.

Davis had missed his past eight 3-pointers and came into the game shooting 41.4% from the field and 23.5% from beyond the arc.

“To see that first one in a while go down was a really good feeling,” Davis said.

Wisconsin (14-5, 8-4 Big Ten) was up just 33-31 at halftime before coach Greg Gard got his team composed heading out of the locker room.

“His message was just to slow down, hit the brakes a little bit, be composed, make the right reads and just really slow down,” Davis said.

The Badgers scored 15 of the first 17 points in the second half. Penn State (6-8, 3-7), which beat Wisconsin 81-71 on Saturday, didn’t get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse