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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Wisconsin held off a late Stanford run and defeated the Cardinal 62-46 Wednesday in quarterfinal play of the Battle 4 Atlantis men’s basketball tournament at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
The loss evened Stanford’s record at 2-2.
Ethan Happ led the Badgers (4-0) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Nate Reuvers blocked nine Cardinal shots, and Wisconsin earned a semifinal date with Oklahoma (4-0) on Thanksgiving Day.
Wisconsin also got 16 points from D’Mitrik Trice and 14 points from Brad Davidson – both sophomores.
Stanford pulled to within 44-42 following an Okpala 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 run with 6:51 left in the second half. From there, the Badgers used an 18-4 run over the final 6:02 of the second half to put the game away.
Wisconsin won despite shooting 43 percent from the field. The Badgers did not make a 3-pointer until the game’s final minute.
Stanford, meanwhile, fared much worse, hitting 27 percent from the field – 11 percent behind the 3-point arc (2 of 18). Happ did the job defensively, holding KZ Okpala to 2-of-12 field goal shooting and 11 points, well short of the 22.7 points per game he was averaging.
Okpala wasn’t the only Cardinal having problems offensively. Cormac Ryan was 1-of-9 and Daejon Davis was 3-of-13. Stanford scored 26 points in the paint, and 11 of its shots were blocked by Reuvers and Happ.
Stanford faces Florida in a consolation round game, starting at 4 p.m. PST.