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Wilkinson scores 20, grabs 10 rebounds

1/7/2004

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mike Wilkinson had 20 points and 10
rebounds, and No. 21 Wisconsin began defense of its Big Ten title
with a 79-45 victory Tuesday night over Indiana.

Wilkinson scored 15 points in the first half for the Badgers
(10-2), who led 37-15 at the break. Devin Harris added 15 points
and nine assists for Wisconsin, which won its 21st straight on its
court and is now 17-0 in Big Ten home games under third-year coach
Bo Ryan.

Sean Cline scored 12 points in the league opener for Indiana
(6-6), which has lost three games by 33 or more points this season.

Wisconsin, which has won at least a share of the last two Big
Ten titles, also got 11 points apiece from Zach Morley and Andreas
Helmigk.

Indiana's Bracey Wright, who came into the game averaging more
than 22 points, was held to seven on 2-of-15 shooting. Wilkinson
had four of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers.

The Badgers shot 49 percent to 29 percent by the Hoosiers.

Wisconsin, which never trailed, took a 15-4 lead behind five
points from Wilkinson. Indiana pulled to 18-10 on a basket by
Marshall Strickland with 8:51 left in the first half, but Wisconsin
responded with a 15-0 run to a 33-10 lead with 4:22 remaining.

Wilkinson had eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers
during the run, when Indiana went nearly seven minutes without
scoring.