Wisconsin rules boards in victory over Georgetown

Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ goes to the hoop as Georgetown’s Bradley Hayes defends during the first half of the Badgers’ 73-57 win over the Hoyas on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ goes to the hoop as Georgetown’s Bradley Hayes defends during the first half of the Badgers’ 73-57 win over the Hoyas on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — Wisconsin gave Georgetown a sense of deja vu, in more ways than one.

In the teams’ third meeting in three seasons, the Badgers’ Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ opened the game with a scoring spree, then did the same thing to start the second half of a 73-57 win Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational semifinal.

Koenig scored 20 points and Happ added 19, plus 15 rebounds — Wisconsin had a 50-21 edge on the boards that included a 20-1 advantage on the offensive end.

“Obviously (Happ) was terrific on the glass. And (Koenig) really ran the show for us,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.

The Badgers (4-1), No. 16 in the Associated Press rankings, will play No. 4 North Carolina for the title today.

WISCONSIN Badgers 56

WISCONSIN Badgers 56

L.J. Peak’s 18 points led Georgetown (2-3), which will face Oklahoma State for third place today.

The Hoyas’ Rodney Pryor scored 14 points, and 7-foot center Bradley Hayes recorded six points and eight rebounds. Hayes, a fifth-year senior, had to miss the first four games of the season in order to earn an extra year of eligibility and play as a graduate student.

Koenig and Happ combined for all of the Badgers’ points in a 15-8 run to open the game, and Happ scored Wisconsin’s first eight points of the second half, before Koenig sank a jump shot for a 42-34 lead.

“I just tried to come out and be aggressive,” Koenig said.

Khalili Iverson had seven rebounds for the Badgers. Koenig and Nigel Hayes each had six. Happ had eight offensive rebounds.

GEORGETOWN Hoyas 70

GEORGETOWN Hoyas 70

“The second shots that they kept getting were key,” said Hoyas coach John Thompson III. “And we had a few defensive mix-ups where we were supposed to be switching and we didn’t, and the shooters were left open. But when they did miss, they got the ball every time.”

Wisconsin beat Georgetown 68-65 in the Battle 4 Atlantis two years ago in the Bahamas. The next season, the Hoyas beat the Badgers 71-61 in the 2K Classic in New York.

Wisconsin fans filled the stands for the latest matchup.

“I think at warmup lines somebody said it’s basically a home game for us because how many fans we had,” said Koenig, a senior. “It was a great atmosphere–one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever been a part of here in Maui.”

* Colleen Uechi is at cuechi@mauinews.com.

WISCONSIN (73)

Brown 3-5 0-0 9, Happ 8-13 3-5 19, N.Hayes 2-9 2-2 6, Showalter 2-5 1-2 5, Koenig 7-16 4-4 20, Illikainen 0-3 0-0 0, Moesch 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, Van Vliet 0-0 0-0 0, Schlundt 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 0-2 0-0 0, Trice 1-4 0-0 2, Iverson 4-6 2-3 10. Totals 28-65 12-16 73.

GEORGETOWN (57)

Copeland 0-5 0-0 0, Govan 1-2 1-1 3, Peak 7-13 2-2 18, Pryor 4-10 3-4 14, Mosely 1-2 1-2 3, Agau 0-1 2-2 2, B.Hayes 3-6 0-0 6, Campbell 0-3 0-0 0, Mulmore 1-3 6-7 8, Hines 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 18-47 16-20 57.

Halftime–Wisconsin 32-29. 3-Point Goals–Wisconsin 5-21 (Brown 3-4, Koenig 2-8, Hill 0-1, Iverson 0-1, Trice 0-1, Showalter 0-2, N.Hayes 0-4), Georgetown 5-16 (Pryor 3-6, Peak 2-5, Mosely 0-1, Copeland 0-1, Agau 0-1, Campbell 0-2). Fouled Out–Happ. Rebounds–Wisconsin 50 (Happ 15), Georgetown 21 (B.Hayes 8). Assists–Wisconsin 12 (Brown 3), Georgetown 7 (Peak 2). Total Fouls–Wisconsin 18, Georgetown 16.

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