MADISON (AP) - Ryan Evans scored 13 points to lead Wisconsin to a 65-54 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday night.
Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren each added 10 points for the Badgers (7-4).
Keifer Sykes scored 14 points to lead the Phoenix (3-6), while Brennan Cougill added 12.
Coming off a deflating loss to in-state rival Marquette on Saturday, the Badgers started the game in a bit of a funk. Missing starter Mike Bruesewitz for a second straight game after he suffered a concussion in practice last week, they hit just four of their first 14 shots and Green Bay led 19-12 a little more than midway through the first half.
But the Badgers went on a 15-4 run to close the half, taking their first lead of the game when Berggren took a feed from Evans down the lane, threw down a dunk and was fouled. He converted the three-point play to give Wisconsin a 25-23 lead. Dekker, starting in the place of Bruesewitz, finished off the scoring for the half with a put-back of his own miss.
As cold as Wisconsin was to start the first half, it was just as hot to open the second, hitting nine of its first 12 shots. That included a 12-4 run to take control of the game after back-to-back alley-oops. The first was from Ben Brust to Berggren, the second from Evans to Dekker.
The Badgers led by as many as 16, and the Phoenix cut the Wisconsin lead to single digits with just less than 8 minutes to go but would get no closer the rest of the way.
The Phoenix held a 35-32 edge on the boards, but Wisconsin snapped a streak of losing all four of its games so far this season when it's been outrebounded.