Steven Crowl’s 25-point effort leads Badgers over West Michigan

Wisconsin forward Steven Crowl throws two of his career high 25 points against Western Michigan on Friday night at the Kohl Center.

MADISON – Wisconsin coach Greg Gard got a rare breather at the Kohl Center on Friday night.

UW got off to a strong start attacking the court, sputtering late in the first half by relying on three-pointers too often, but then took control early in the second half en route to building an 18-point lead and closed nonconference game with a 76-66 victory over West Michigan.

Consider the 10-point victory in front of a crowd of 15,138 a belated Christmas gift to a coach whose team had played in seven consecutive games decided by five points or less until a 22-point victory over Lehigh on December 15.

“It’s good for them,” Gard said of the starters, who were out for the last 2 minutes, 39 seconds after Steven Crowl hit a 3-pointer to give UW a 74-56 lead. “But it’s also good for the guys who are there at the end. To get 2½ minutes for Markus (Ilver) and a little extra time for Kamari (McGee)… more than 2½ minutes.”

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