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Career highs for La Crosse’s Davis, as Badgers hand Texas A&M first loss

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Texas A&M guard Quenton Jackson (3) drives on Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

A career-high in points and rebounds for La Crosse native Johnny Davis on Monday to kick off the Maui Invitational.

Davis scored 21 points and added nine rebounds in leading the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team to a 69-58 win, handing Texas A&M its first loss of the season.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wisconsin (3-1) will face its first ranked opponent of the season, taking on No. 12 Houston (4-0), which beat Butler 70-52 at the invite, which is being played in Las Vegas due to COVID-19

Along with the career highs, Davis did a little bit of everything — which was his forte last season — with two assists and two steals in 38 minutes, which led the Badgers (3-1). He also had three turnovers.

Davis had missed last Monday’s game against Providence with a bruised heel.

The 6-foot-5 guard’s previous career high was 17 points, set last season when he caught fire against Penn State. Davis nailed 6 of 7 shots, including going 4-for-4 from deep in that one. He had nine rebounds in a game against Iowa, last year, as well.

Against Texas A&M (4-1), Davis, again, didn’t shoot great, going 8 of 18 from the field and 1-for-5 from beyond the arc. In three games, Davis is shooting 38.8% from the field and 21.4% from deep.

Wisconsin was up one at halftime and up 44-42 with 17:31 to play when Davis scored on back-to-back possessions that kicked off what started as an 11-2 run and ballooned into a 19-5 run.

The Aggies (4-1) only got as close as nine points after that.

Johnny Davis’ twin brother Jordan Davis was also part of that run with a 3-pointer, his only basket. Jordan did add four rebounds and a steal in 6 minutes of action.

Johnny Davis missed last week’s game against Providence due to a bruised heel.

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

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