UW wins laugher at home

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Associated Press UW's Charles Thomas, left, charges into Adam Saeed of Savannah State Thursday night.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Finally, Wisconsin had a breather.

The 16th-ranked Badgers dominated back home against an overmatched team following a seven-game stretch versus power conference foes.

Brad Davison scored a season-high 24 points and Wisconsin had a school-record 69 first-half points to overwhelm Savannah State 101-60 on Thursday night.

"Every game is an opportunity. It doesn't matter what the team is, we're focused on trying to get better," Davison said. "But definitely, we've had a little bit of a grind."

It was just the kind of confidence-building rout that Wisconsin needed after 74-69 loss in overtime last week to in-state rival Marquette. That game was also preceded by mostly down-to-the-wire contests against more evenly-matched schools.

The Badgers (9-2) took care of Savannah State in a hurry on Thursday.

Davison was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Preseason All-American Ethan Happ had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman Tai Strickland added a career-high 14 points.

The Badgers shot 71 percent in the first half to take a 37-point lead on their way to their first 100-point contest since 2013. Savannah State (3-9) is the only team in Division I allowing 100 points a game.

"We try to do it and play the game the right way ... that will reinforce (good) habits," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "We don't change our demands regardless of scores or opponents."

Jaquan Dotson had 20 points to lead the Tigers, a team that likes to shoot 3s. Second in the NCAAs in hitting 13 3s a game, Savannah State managed to shoot 11 of 39 (28 percent) from the arc at the Kohl Center.

But Wisconsin put on a first-half clinic, hitting 24 of 34 from the field, including 69 percent (11 of 16) from 3-point range.

• TIP INS: Wisconsin: F Khalil Iverson sat out with a lower left foot injury. Coach Greg Gard said the injury wasn't serious. He didn't really need one of his best defenders anyway. ... The 11 3s in the opening 20 minutes were a school record for a first half. .... Wisconsin finished the night shooting 47 percent.

• OVERWHELMED TIGERS: At one point, Davison was trapped in the corner in the frontcourt by two defenders before jumping and slinging a pass to Kobe King at the opposite wing. King hit a bucket and drew a foul for a 39-20 lead with 9:25 left in the first.

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