CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer may have missed the Badgers’ first matchup with the Illinois, but he is making up for it on Sunday.
Leuer terrorized the Illini throughout the first half in every way possible. He stepped out and hit a 3-pointer. He posted up Illinois center Mike Tisdale, caught the ball and in one quick spin had a layup. He got the ball at the top of the key, put it on the ground and in a couple long strides was elevating over the rim for a layup.
He scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and was the difference for the Badgers’ 33-27 halftime lead.
Illinois held its own after its star Demetri McCamey picked up his second foul and sat with 6:14 remaining in the opening half. On consecutive trips, Bill Cole hit a 3-pointer and Mike Davis made a mid-range jumper, and Tisdale threw down a tip dunk.
McCamey was pedestrian-like in the opening half as he scored just two points on 1-for-4 shooting and had two assists and two turnovers. It wasn’t anything like the first time he faced Wisconsin when he had 27 points and seven assists.
Wisconsin provided itself with some breathing room, closing out the half on a 6-2 run, which included a 3-pointer by Keaton Nankvil just before the buzzer.