NCAAB Game Recap - Eastern Illinois at Wisconsin
Fri Nov 8, 2019 8:00 PM EST

E KY
49
KY
91
F
UNCG
62
Kansas
74
F
ColSt
55
Duke
89
F
UNC
78
UNCW
62
F
IL-C
46
Mem
92
F
Baylor
64
Wash
67
F
Web
34
UtSt
89
F
Sien
63
Xav
81
F
BGSU
79
LSU
88
F
David
66
Aub
76
F
N TX
56
VACom
59
F
(N/A)
51
E MI
93
F
(N/A)
76
Mercer
84
F
Oakl
53
Del
56
F
(N/A)
62
USC-Up
103
F
USMMA
43
Army
80
F
(N/A)
64
SCSt
79
F
(N/A)
53
Norf
93
F
(N/A)
54
Elon
95
F
Dart
68
Buff
63
F
Akr
84
WVU
94
F
(N/A)
65
Jacksn
83
F
ArkSt
43
Miss
71
F
(N/A)
37
Yale
94
F
Maris
58
VMI
56
F
Copp
42
VaTec
74
F
(N/A)
31
Tows
100
F
Vermt
61
StBon
59
F
StFPA
98
Rich
100
F(OT)
ChaSo
49
NCAT
63
F
FlAtl
60
Mia-FL
74
F
UMassL
87
LongI
74
F
Longw
65
GMas
76
F
LoyIL
63
Furm
87
F
Niag
64
Drex
72
F
Rider
81
DelSt
54
F
SacHr
67
UConn
89
F
W&M
79
Amer
70
F
(N/A)
47
Campbl
101
F
TexSA
60
SIU
72
F
(N/A)
66
CoCar
102
F
Radf
60
Lib
66
F
FaDi
59
DeP
70
F
E IL
52
Wisc
65
F
(N/A)
71
NW
61
F
NoKY
56
Mizzu
71
F
SamH
58
MisSt
67
F
(N/A)
61
Lamar
106
F
Harv
79
NE
84
F
Reinh
55
GaSo
109
F
Eccle
52
Gram
147
F
HBU
81
Oral
95
F
(N/A)
59
FlInt
101
F
ECU
57
Navy
62
F
MsVl
49
Utah
143
F
Ill
83
GrCan
71
F
SIU-E
60
Iowa
87
F
SDak
72
Pacif
62
F
CalLu
56
CBap
112
F
CAPoly
63
SCla
77
F
(N/A)
27
Sac
76
F
InWor
61
N CO
83
F
AzSt
71
Colora
81
F
Portl
65
USC
76
F
FlaAM
52
HI
65
F

Nov 8, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Eastern Illinois (0-2)

27

25

52

Wisconsin (1-1)

34

31

65

Wisconsin defeats Eastern Illinois, honors Moore family
Fri Nov 8, 2019 11:44 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Friday night was perhaps the most emotional home opener in the history of the Wisconsin men's basketball program.

Kobe King scored a game-high 18 points, Nate Reuvers added 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks, and the Badgers defeated Eastern Illinois 65-52.

But the night belonged to Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore.

Before the game, Wisconsin had a video tribute and a moment of silence for Moore and his family. The Moore family was involved in a fatal accident in May. Moore's wife, Jen, and 9-year-old daughter, Jaidyn, were killed, as was the driver of the vehicle that collided with the Moore family's SUV.

"The crowd did a great job of a very warm ovation at the right times," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It's great to see them. It's obviously been a. ... it's uncharted water in terms of what this group and the Moore family have been through. ... I thought tonight was a nice, well-needed recognition of the Moore family and it was good to see them."

Moore suffered serious burns and his 13-year-old son, Jerell, escaped with minor injuries. Moore had plans on returning to coaching this season. But a month after the accident, Moore was back in the hospital after being found unconscious in his home. He is on medical leave.

Moore's parents spoke to the crowd before the game, and Jerell was introduced as an honorary member of the Badgers' starting lineup. Jerell wore No. 34, the jersey number his father donned for Wisconsin in the 1990s.

"We're just trying to help make his life as normal as possible," Gard said of Jerell. "We can't replace his mom, we can't replace his sister, but we can try to do a lot of other things to help the kid out. I can't imagine, at 13 years old, what that kid has gone through. It was actually Patrick Herb's (Wisconsin athletics' director of brand strategy) idea to make him the sixth starter. I thought that was awesome."

The Badgers are wearing warm-up shirts this season honoring Moore. They read: Be Moore. Do Moore. 4 Moore.

On the court, Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford had 11 points before fouling out, as the Badgers (1-1) bounced back from their season-opening overtime loss to No. 20 Saint Mary's on Tuesday.

Marvin Johnson led Eastern Illinois with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and George Dixon added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.

The highlight of the night came when King used a jab step to blow by Eastern Illinois' Dondre Duffus and dunked to give the Badgers an early 14-7 lead.

"Me and Coach Tucker (interim assistant Alando Tucker) were talking about. ... because Coach Gard goes, `Two points is two points regardless,' and Coach Tuck goes, `Nah, sometimes a dunk is like five points because you get the crowd into it, you're feeling good.' When I saw that little gap, I kind of took off. ... it was pretty neat."

The Panthers gave the Badgers all they could handle. Wisconsin led by only seven at halftime, and the Panthers pulled within three with less than nine minutes to play after a 3-pointer by Mack Smith before the Badgers pulled away.

"I thought we competed really hard," Eastern Illinois coach Jay Spoonhour said. "They're - as they always are - they're a very solid team and they don't do anything to beat themselves, ever, and they never have. We've got lots of new faces that are playing a lot of minutes and we did some things tonight to ourselves. But I also felt the Badgers had a lot to do with it."

DIFFERENCE AT THE CHARITY STRIPE

The Badgers dominated the Panthers inside and it showed at the free throw line. Wisconsin made 20 of 24 attempts at the stripe, while Eastern Illinois shot 3 of 8 from the line.

BIG PICTURE

The Panthers continued their difficult opening week. Eastern Illinois fell 85-60 to No. 13 Texas Tech, last season's national champion runner-up, on Tuesday night. The tough out-of-conference slate will prepare Eastern Illinois for their competition in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Wisconsin returns nearly 62% of its scoring from last season's team that finished 23-11 overall and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers look as though they will rely heavily on their defense while figuring out how to replace the production of graduated big man Ethan Happ.

UP NEXT

Eastern Illinois: Hosts Chicago State on Tuesday.

Wisconsin: Host McNeese State on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Eastern Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Duffus 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Shaw 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wisconsin PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Qawi 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Cuevas 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

E IL Wisc
Points For 52 65
Field Goals 21/63-33% 21/55-38%
Three Pointers 7/19-37% 3/18-17%
Free Throws 3/8-38% 20/24-83%
Offensive Rebounds 11 12
Defensive Rebounds 24 30
Rebounds 37 43
Blocks 4 12
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 11 11
Personal Fouls 22 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Wisc Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 8 E IL 52 @ Wisc 65 J. Matlock 2 T. Anderson 1

Game Information

Stadium: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Attendance: 17,106
Game Time: