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MBB Falls to Wisconsin, 78-52

Nov 17, 2007

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Trevon Hughes scored 18 points as Wisconsin beat Colorado 78-52 in the final game of the America's Youth Classic Saturday night.

The Badgers (4-0) limited backdoor cuts by the up-tempo version of the Princeton-style offense being installed by first-year Buffaloes coach Jeff Bzdelik.

They built an early lead on hot 3-point shooting by Hughes, a sophomore guard who led the Badgers in scoring in three of their first four games of the season. Brian Butch scored 17 points for Wisconsin, and Michael Flowers added 12.

Richard Roby scored 20 to lead Colorado (2-2), while Xavier Silas added 13. Roby was also named to the America's Youth Classic all-tournament team, averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Hughes opened the game with an early 3-pointer from beyond NBA range, and was 3-for-6 from outside the arc in the first half. The Badgers built a double-digit lead in the first six minutes of the game and never were in danger of giving it up.

A 3-pointer by Colorado's Marcus Hall (eight points) cut the Wisconsin lead to 27-16 with 7:33 left in the first half. But the Badgers went on a 12-2 run that included two scores from freshman forward Jon Leuer to take a 39-18 lead with 3:24 left in the half.

Wisconsin was ahead 44-27 at halftime, shooting 56 percent from the floor and hitting 6-of-13 from 3-point range.

Overall, Colorado shot 49% from the field, making 20-of-41 field goals, including 6-of-14 from the three-point line.

Wisconsin was careful on offense, turning the ball over only nine times. Colorado had 19 turnovers.

The Buffs return home to face Colorado Christian on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.