It was a historic night at the Kohl Center as Wisconsin big man Ethan Happ became the fourth player in Big Ten history to put up 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds over the course of his career. Happ came into the game needing 20 points to do so and he finished with exactly 20.
Things looked good for the Badgers early as the teams traded baskets for most of the first half until the Badgers went on a mini run and took a seven point lead on a Brevin Pritzl dunk, but after that 32-25 lead by Wisconsin, the Spartans went on a 12-6 run to end the half that featured two three-pointers by Cassius Winston and a three by Kyle Ahrens, to make it just a 38-37 Wisconsin lead going into the break.
The second half started much of the same. Wisconsin took a 43-37 lead after Ethan Happ made a layup, but after that the teams began to trade misses and turnovers, featuring a series of travels by Ethan Happ, who finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but also turning the ball over six times.
The Spartans quickly turned the score around, taking a 49-43 lead after a 12-0 run, in which Cassius Winston played a huge role, whether it was scoring points or if it was assisting on baskets to his teammates.
Ethan Happ came out of the game after he had a few quick turnovers and he really settled down, getting better position in the post when he was posting up, and as a result he was really able to go to work on whichever Michigan State defender was guarding him.
As the second half wore on though, Wisconsin was unable to get much offensive production from anyone besides Happ, as Nate Reuvers did most of his damage in the first half and the Michigan State backcourt of Cassius Winston and Matt McQuaid did a really good job of locking up Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice, allowing only 11 points between the two.
Much of this game was a scoring battle between Happ and Winston, but over the course of the second half, Michigan State was able to get more out of other guys, specifically Kenny Goins and Nick Ward, while also holding the Badgers to only 21 second half points as the Spartans picked up a huge road win to keep pace in the Big Ten race.