MADISON, Wis. -- Jon Leuer scored 19 points and blocked a career-high four shots as Wisconsin beat Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 75-46 Sunday in the season opener for both teams.
IPFW was short-handed due to injury, illness and suspension, and it showed.The Badgers were in control early and put an exclamation point on the first half with a 15-4 run to close out the period. Jason Bohannon punctuated the run by gathering a poor pass in the corner and hitting a 3-pointer as time expired for a 39-18 lead.Wisconsin then opened the second half with a 12-0 run over the first five minutes, and the rout was on.Bohannon scored 12 points and had three blocks, a career high, as the Badgers shot 57 percent from the field.It was a brutal night for the Mastodons. Senior Deilvez Yearby, a 6-foot-6 forward that coach Dane Fife described as his best player, was suspended for violating team rules. He averaged almost nine points and six rebounds a game last season.Fellow forwards Aaron Richie and John Peckinpaugh sat out Sunday's game due to injury, and Fife said several others who did play were recovering from illness. One of those was Jeremy Mixon, who came off the bench to lead IPFW with 17 points.The Mastodons shot 34 percent from the field and had seven assists compared to 14 turnovers. They also registered no blocks.The Badgers used their size advantage against the undermanned Mastodons to finish with 11 blocks while holding a 28-16 advantage for points in the paint. Wisconsin also shot 57 percent from the field.Bohannon finished with 12 points for the Badgers and three blocked shots, a career high.