MADISON - Ethan Happ had 24 points and 13 rebounds, zone-busting guard Bronson Koenig scored 20 points and No. 17 Wisconsin beat No. 22 Syracuse 77-60 on Tuesday night.
Nigel Hayes had 9 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and missed a free throw with 41 seconds left that would have given him only the second triple-double in Wisconsin basketball history. But Josh Gasser remains the only Badger to accomplish that.
Koenig, the seasoned senior guard, was 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and the Badgers (6-2) shot 48 percent overall (11 of 23) from behind the arc against the Orange's 2-3 zone.
Wisconsin led by as much as 17 in the second half before Syracuse (4-2) went on a 6-0 run capped by John Gillon's layup with 11:25 left. Two Wisconsin turnovers in that span with Koenig on the bench gave Syracuse the opening.
Coach Greg Gard inserted Koenig back in the game and the Badgers went on a 7-2 run to retake a 16-point lead with 9:24 left.
Andrew White III led Syracuse with 14 points, but went scoreless in the second half. DaJuan Coleman added 12 points
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