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Landry, Hughes carry Wisconsin past Michigan

Dec 31, 2008 - 10:55 PM ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes each scored 16 points to power Wisconsin to a 73-61 victory over No. 24 Michigan on Wednesday.

Landry started fast and Hughes sparked a game-breaking second-half run as Wisconsin snapped the Wolverines' five-game winning streak in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.

The Badgers (10-3, 1-0) hit nine of their first 10 shots and led throughout, repelling a pair of runs by Michigan (10-3, 0-1) in continuing their recent domination in the series. Wisconsin won all three meetings last season.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan lauded the play of his point guard Hughes, who also had three rebounds, three steals, three assists and zero turnovers.

"I thought Tr??von managed the possessions about as well as any player I've ever coached over that span," Ryan said.

Zack Novak scored 20 points, finishing 5-of-8 on 3-pointers to power the Wolverines. Manny Harris, who entered averaging a team-high 19.8 points, was limited to nine on 3-of-13 shooting as Michigan suffered its first home loss in nine games.

Behind 10 first-half points by Taylor, Wisconsin carried a 42-31 lead into the intermission before the Wolverines came inching back.

"I thought they put on a clinic in the first half," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "They were patient and they played solid defense.

"It was a bad start defensively and you just can't get behind against teams like that."

Novak and DeShawn Sims hit connected from the arc in an 8-0 run to pull the Wolverines to within 46-39 less than three minutes into the second half.

Hughes took over from there, scoring 10 straight points for Wisconsin, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to build the cushion to 56-41.

"I got going off our defense," Hughes said. "I got a couple of easy baskets and that gave me and the whole team confidence."

The lead peaked at 18 points (62-44) on a dunk by Landry and the Badgers kept Michigan from getting the lead under nine points rest of the way.

Jon Leuer also was in double figures with 12 points for Wisconsin, which shot a blistering 59 percent (27-of-46) from the floor.

"We have to come out better right off the bat," Novak said. "To come in and let them score 12 of their first 13 possessions, that is not the way we play defense and we know that."