National Basketball Association
Wisconsin 81, St. Francis (BKN) 58
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Officials: # Lamont Simpson, # Robert Riley, # Michael Kitts
Attendance: 15735

Johnny Davis scored 15 points and freshman Chucky Hepburn added 13 as Wisconsin rolled past St. Francis (Brooklyn) 81-58 in the nonconference season opener for both teams on Tuesday night in Madison, Wis.

Steven Crowl, a 7-foot sophomore center, added 11 points and eight rebounds for Wisconsin, which has won 23 of its last 24 home openers. Chris Vogt, a 7-foot graduate transfer from Cincinnati, had a team-high nine rebounds in 17 minutes as the Badgers had a 48-31 advantage on the boards.

Patrick Emilien, a graduate transfer from Western Michigan, had 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Terriers. Michael Cubbage, a graduate transfer from Marist, and Trey Quartlebaum each added 10.

Wisconsin missed its first six field-goal attempts, but then took control with a 12-0 run. The Badgers hit five straight shots, including 3-pointers by Hepburn and freshman Lorne Bowman II for a 14-3 lead with 6 1/2 minutes gone.

The Badgers ran off 15 consecutive points to stretch the lead to 34-12 before Emilien hit consecutive baskets for the Terriers.

Emilien, who had 11 first-half points, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 42-21 as Wisconsin missed its final five shots before the break.

The Badgers scored 14 points off nine St. Francis turnovers in the first half and had a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points.

The Terriers scored the first six points of the second half, but the Badgers led comfortably the rest of the way.

Hepburn's 3-pointer put Wisconsin up 63-33 with 9:05 remaining.

Wisconsin, which returned starters Brad Davison and Tyler Wahl, along with top substitute Davis, a 6-5 sophomore guard, has 12 underclassmen on its roster -- seven sophomores and five freshmen. The Badgers used 15 players against the Terriers, with nine getting at least 15 minutes.

The Badgers host in-state rival Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday, while the Terriers, picked to finish seventh in the Northeast Conference in the preseason coaches poll, host St. Thomas (Minnesota) on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
St. Francis (BKN)   Wisconsin
Patrick Emilien 18 Scoring Jonathan Davis 15
Jack Hemphill 2 Assists Jonathan Davis 5
Michael Cubbage 7 Rebounds Chris Vogt 9
Rob Higgins 2 Free Throws Made Steven Crowl 3
Rob Higgins 3 Steals Jonathan Davis 2
Jack Hemphill 2 Blocks Chris Vogt 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
St. Francis (BKN) 58 39.7 5-21 3-4 5 26 4 8 12
Wisconsin 81 43.9 10-22 13-18 12 43 4 6 12