After eight games in a span of 26 days against major conference opponents, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball deserved something off the dessert tray.
That cupcake arrived Thursday night, and the No. 16 Badgers devoured it.
Sophomore guard Brad Davison finished with a season-high 24 points, senior center Ethan Happ posted his 40th career double-double and UW rolled to a 101-60 victory over Savannah State.
Happ produced 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes as the Badgers (9-2) feasted on one of the worst defensive teams in the nation.
Freshman point guard Tai Strickland added a career-high 14 points, and sophomore point guard D’Mitrik Trice also had 14 for UW.
Redshirt freshman wing Kobe King, making his first career start in place of injured senior forward Khalil Iverson (lower left leg), finished with 10 points.
Five days after going 5 of 24 from 3-point range and 10 of 21 from the free throw line in an overtime loss at Marquette, UW went 16 of 34 (47.1 percent) and 11 of 14 in those categories against the Tigers.
Jaquan Dotson scored 20 points to lead Savannah State (3-9), which was coming off a 67-point loss at South Dakota State two days earlier.
UW set a program record for points in a half while racing to a 69-32 halftime lead, topping the previous mark of 67 against Iowa in 1988.
The Badgers averaged 1.92 points per possession over the opening 20 minutes while shooting 70.6 percent overall, 68.8 percent from 3-point range (11 of 16) and 83.3 percent (10 of 12) from the free throw line.
Davison, who came into the game in a shooting slump, had 19 points by the break. He went 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half after going 5 of 24 from beyond the arc in his previous eight games.
Strickland, who had scored a total of five points in his first seven games at UW, had 12 by halftime after making three 3-pointers. He banked in two of them.
This story will be updated.