Cal Poly gets cracked by UW
Badgers coach Bo Ryan says he deserves to be on the list for 1,000 good defensive plays as well.
Hughes scored 20 points Wednesday, giving him 1,011 for his career, as Wisconsin breezed to a 90-42 win over Cal Poly. He is the 34th player in Wisconsin history to surpass 1,000 points.
“He’s doing that on a team where he’s not just that scorer we’re looking to get 20, 25 shots a game,” said Ryan, who also praised Hughes’ development as a defensive player. “He’s done that in a very democratic offense and system and has carried his load and then some.”
Hughes wasted no time reaching his milestone. Needing nine points to break the plateau, he scored his ninth point less than six minutes in on a long two-pointer that put Wisconsin up 15-4.
Hughes had 17 points in the first half. He was 6 of 6 from the field to start the game, including 3 of 3 from behind the 3-point line. He also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the opening half.
“It was like a big weight off my shoulders,” Hughes said of scoring his 1,000th point. “I came out tonight, and I couldn’t miss. The only thing that slowed me down was halftime.”
The Badgers (8-2) put the game away early, largely because they were a picture of offensive efficiency, while the Mustangs (3-6) were not.
When Hughes wasn’t torching the Mustangs, Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil were. The post players spent much of the first half hitting jumpers, going 4 for 8 from 3-point range.
Leuer finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Nankivil added 12 points. Jason Bohannon also scored 12 for the Badgers.
, who were 13 of 24 from the 3-point line and shot 61 percent (31 of 51) from the field overall.
Cal Poly, meanwhile, came out sluggish. Part of that was because the Mustangs caught a charter into Madison late Tuesday after winning at South Dakota State earlier that night.
A Rob Wilson layup put Wisconsin up 27-6 at the 11:25 mark, and the Badgers pushed their lead to 46-15 with 4:22 left in the first half on a Nankivil 3-pointer.
Cal Poly only showed one flash of life offensively in the first half, as Will Taylor converted a three-point play and Shawn Lewis hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Mustangs nine points in a span of 74 seconds. But things fizzled from there as Cal Poly trailed 51-19 at halftime.
Things didn’t get much better for the Mustangs in the second half as they committed turnovers on their first five possessions.
Lewis scored 10 points to lead Cal Poly.
Cal Poly coach Joe Callero said the program intentionally scheduled the back-to-back games to simulate the demands of a tournament.
But all of the energy and enthusiasm the Mustangs showed Tuesday night in winning their first road game were gone by the time they took the court Wednesday.
Still, Callero said even if the Mustangs brought their “A game,” it would have likely been a 20- or 25-point loss.
“What you saw tonight was a very fatigued and flat Cal Poly team,” Callero said. “We knew that we bit off more than we could chew.”