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Wisconsin 68, Long Beach State 61
(21) WISCONSIN 68, LONG BEACH ST 61
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MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Marcus Landry led Wisconsin to a
winning - albeit shaky - start to the season.

Landry scored a career-high 23 points Sunday as the 21st-ranked
Badgers posted a 68-61 victory over Long Beach State in their
season opener.

Jason Bohannon added 12 points for Wisconsin (1-0), which held a
tenuous 62-61 edge over the lowly 49ers with under a minute
remaining.

That was when Badgers coach Bo Ryan turned to Landry, who sank a
3-pointer to give Wisconsin a 65-61 edge with 30 seconds
remaining.

Landry turned in the key defensive play of the game on the
ensuing possession, blocking Donovan Morris' layup attempt into
the stands to preserve Wisconsin's lead.

"Those are the things I do in practice and that I try to imitate
when it comes to the game," the senior said. "It's just reading
the offense and also reading the defense as far as the shot goes
and being in the right place at the right time."

"Marcus was the guy that delivered in the paint," Ryan added.
"That didn't come easy ... but I just think that Marcus was the
guy that figured some things out before anyone else did."

After Long Beach State's Stephan Gilling missed a 3-pointer,
Trevon Hughes sank a pair of free throws to give the Badgers a
67-61 cushion with 10 seconds left.

Bohannon made a free throw six seconds later to provide the
final margin.

Morris scored 12 points to pace Long Beach State (0-2), which
shot just 42 percent (13-of-31) from the floor in the second
half.

Two days after dropping a 75-65 decision to Brigham Young in
Provo, the 49ers got off to a decent start Sunday at the Kohl
Center and faced a manageable 36-33 halftime deficit.

But Long Beach State ultimately could not contain Landry, who
also chipped in four rebounds and three blocks.

"Obviously we didn't have an answer for Landry," Long Beach
State coach Dan Monson said. "He was just so strong inside that
he was able to post us up and really do damage, as a senior
does."

Morris, a preseason all-Big West Conference selection, scored 10
points over a three-minute stretch in the second half that drew
the 49ers within 57-55 with 7:03 remaining.

Arturas Lazdauskas made a layup two minutes later to forge a
57-57 tie, but Landry sank a jumper with 3:36 remaining to give
Wisconsin the lead for good at 59-57.

Wisconsin shot just 36 percent (9-of-25) after the break but
made 12-of-17 second-half free throws to improve to 53-4 in
non-conference home games under Ryan.

"Our theory is still that shooting percentages can go down as
long as you're making the other team play a little bit of
defense and make them have to work," Ryan said.

"What we had to do with the way they were coming back and the
way that they are playing now - just everything we heard was
that 'You better get ready for them,' and we were. But it was a
grinder."


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