Wisconsin basketball: Badgers beat Lyon Towers by 12 in second game of trip to France

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After winning comfortably against the Paris Tours on Wednesday, the Wisconsin Badgers were back on the hardwood on Friday for their second game in France as part of their two-week European trip.

Facing the Tours de Lyon, the Badgers once again stood out with a double-digit win, winning 80-68.

At the start of the game, head coach Greg Gard changed the starting lineup in an effort to work on different combinations. Here’s the starting roster according to UW:

  • Chucky Hepburn – PG
  • Connor Essegian – SG
  • Jordan Davis – SF
  • Carter Gilmore – PF
  • Steven Crowl-C

Leading the competition for Wisconsin was senior forward Tyler Wahl, who scored a game-high 12 points. Wahl is the definitive team leader, so it’s great to see him put in a strong performance. He also made a three-point attempt in the game and did so coming off the bench.

Junior center Steven Crowl followed up a strong showing earlier in the week by adding 11 points, while forward Carter Gilmore also added five points in a starting role.

Chucky Hepburn made two three-pointers and finished with 10 points.

Linking Crowl with 11 points in the box score was true rookie Connor Essegian. The Indiana native is known for his sweet three-point shot, and he connected on a three-shot outside team by UW. Essegian’s performance is one of the biggest takeaways from the game as Wisconsin looks for shooting assistance from the wing heading into the regular season.

Jordan Davis also scored nine points against Lyon Towers, also making two three-pointers. He added eight points in the previous contest, so it’s refreshing to see him enjoying the extra opportunities in France. According to Wisconsin, Davis’ nine points came in the second half to help guide the Badgers to a win.

Sophomores Isaac Lindsay and Markus Ilver continued to shoot the ball well on the outside, each making two three-point attempts and finishing with six points off the bench.

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Max Klesmit (five points), Kamari McGee (three points) and Chris Hodges (two points) also scored in the 12-point victory.

*All numbers courtesy of UW Athletics.

Three statistics to remember

  • The Wisconsin Badgers continue to shoot well from three-pointers in France, as the team combined for 13 threes. For a team where shooting was sometimes a question mark a year ago, the trip to France could give many young players increased confidence in their away shot. This is especially true for players like Isaac Lindsay, Markus Ilver, Jordan Davis and Connor Essegian, who are each expected to take on bigger roles next season.
  • Wisconsin led early on, taking a 21-8 lead in the first quarter. However, Lyon Towers raced to reduce the deficit to nine late in the game. Jordan Davis’ ability to close the game with nine points in the second half is remarkable. The Badgers relied on his brother so much in endgame situations that it will likely take more team effort in 2022.
  • According to those present, temperatures inside the gymnasium were extremely hot, exceeding 100 degrees. For the team, working in difficult conditions and still performing, it’s good to see a younger group still finding an identity.

Next

Wisconsin will play again on Saturday, facing the Lyon All-Stars. Tipping time is 12:00 p.m. Central Time, and all badgers will have a box score summary available after the contest ends.

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