La Crosse native Jordan Davis had six points and six rebounds, starting at guard Monday for in the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball opener.
The Badgers beat South Dakota 85-59 at the Kohl Center, led by 19 points, 10 rebounds from Tyler Wahl.
Davis was 3-for-8 from the field, including 0 of 2 from deep.
All four other starters were in double figures for Wisconsin (1-0), which led 38-28 at halftime and outscored the Coyotes (0-1) by 16 in the second half.
The Badgers shot 50.9 percent from the field, including 12-for-26 from beyond the arc. South Dakota shot just 40.4 percent from the field, going 2 of 15 from deep.
Next up, Wisconsin plays Stanford at the Milwaukee Brewers stadium at 6:30 p.m. Friday.