January 6, 2007

Badgers slam Gophers 68-45

MADISON, Wis. - The first came on a fast break from Michael Flowers.

The second came in the form of an alley-oop from Kammron Taylor to Alando Tucker.

It took two emphatic dunks to awake the crowd of 17,190 at the Kohl Center and erase 10 minutes of flat basketball by Wisconsin, which opened the Big Ten season with a comfortable 68-45 victory over Minnesota Saturday afternoon in Madison.

The Flowers dunk, which came at the expense of Gopher center Jonathan Williams, who picked up an intentional foul on the play, sparked a 29-7 UW run to close the first half. The Badgers (15-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) took a 37-20 lead into halftime after trailing by as much as six early, overcoming a 2-for-12 shooting performance in the first eight minutes of play to finish the first half at 46.7 percent from the field.

"You start slow because the other team scores more points than you do, and then its 'that's a slow start,' but when you score you make a surge as it's described," said head coach Bo Ryan, who improved his personal record to 39-2 at home in Big Ten games.

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