February 11, 2009

Landry reaches milestone, UW cruises past Iowa

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin senior Marcus Landry was outscored by three of his teammates, but the night still belonged to him.

By making his trademark jumper with just less than 10 minutes to play, the senior forward became the 33rd player in Wisconsin history to join the 1,000-point scoring club. And perhaps more importantly, the team added to its winning streak with a 69-52 win over Iowa.

"It does mean a lot to me," a modest Landry said after his nine-point, two-rebound game. "Probably not as much as it will down the road since we still got a lot of games to play. It's just something that I'll let pass over. Maybe when I'm a little older, I can look back and really get the feeling of what it means."

It took a while for Landry to find his scoring touch as his first bucket did not come until two and a half minutes elapsed in the second half. Luckily, he had teammates backing him up when he was not able to find the net.

After shooting 1-for-17 in UW's previous two games, Trevon Hughes regained his offensive mojo by scoring 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting, 11 of which came in the first half. He also dished a career high six assists and only turned the ball over once in the comfortable win.

"You can take every category and he worked hard at it," UW head coach Bo Ryan said following the game in regards to Hughes. "He might have been exposed on one thing or another, but if you take every possession and you look at his positioning and where he's steering guys, what he's doing defensively, what he's doing offensively, getting guys into position, he played a pretty good game obviously.

"It's hard to pick just one thing."

For the fifth time in the past six games, Hughes recorded a steal. And none were bigger than the second of his two Wednesday night.

With less than 30 second remaining in the half, and with his team holding on to a slim five-point lead, Hughes intercepted Jake Kelly's pass and raced down the court for a lay-in.

The fast-break bucket proved to be the turning point of the game because of what ensued after the score. Before Iowa freshman Matt Gatens inbounded the ball, he threw a forearm that knocked Landry to the floor.

Landry immediately picked himself up and got into the face of Gatens before being restrained by the officials and his teammates. As a result of the forearm, Gatens was hit with a technical foul. Jason Bohannon, who finished 15 points, calmly converted the free throws.

Then, following the inbounds, Hughes found Bohannon after driving the lane for one of his three made three-point shots to end the half. Thus, the Badgers went into the locker room with a 12-point margin after a quick 7-0 run in the final 20 seconds of the period.

"It gets us so fired up to get back out there and start that second half," UW senior Joe Krabbenhoft, who tied a career high with 16 points, said. "We had to calm ourselves down in the locker room. We were all really excited about how we ended it."

The Badgers did not miss a beat to start the second half as it rode the momentum from the tumultuous end of the first half into the second period.

Krabbenhoft stole the ball from Jeff Peterson on the opening possession and eventually scored a lay-up following an assist from Landry to give UW a 14-point lead. From that point on, the Hawkeyes never got within 12 points of the Badgers for the remainder of the game.

"(We) pressured the ball," Hughes said in reference to his team's defensive performance Wednesday night. "Last time they were just picking us apart off the ball screens and on top of the key when they had target practice. We stuck to our rules, sometimes, we got away from it, but we went back to it early and didn't let the game get out of hand."

In fact, UW's defensive pressure forced Iowa into committing 14 turnovers that led to 29 Badger points.

"I've never even heard of that," Ryan said after the game. "We've got to check that. Who's in charge of that category? I've never seen that. Has anybody here? I could have some fun while I'm watching the DVD tomorrow and breaking it down.

"I could check it. That would be pretty good if you can do that."

After a very rough month of January that saw Wisconsin lose six in a row, the Badgers have responded with three-straight wins. Because of the current winning streak, UW is slowly moving back up the conference standings.

"We're disappointed in some of the outcomes, but we put that behind us," Krabbenhoft said. "Coach does a great job of keeping us focused on what's next. We got to forget about the past but learn from it. The learning is what you're seeing here."

UW will look to keep its streak going when they play host to Ohio State on national television Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

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