PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — The No. 25 Badgers lost to the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers 53-46 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.
Ty Jerome added 11 points for the Cavaliers (6-0), who led 33-18 after a strong first half, and then sputtered offensively as the Badgers kept pushing back. Virginia made just 2 of 16 shots out of halftime and shot 26 percent for the second half.
But the Cavs’ usual tough defense was good enough to keep the Badgers and preseason Associated Press All-American Ethan Happ at arm’s distance.
Happ finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and six assists for Wisconsin (5-1), which shot 52 percent after halftime to cut into the deficit. The Badgers got as close as five four separate times in the second half, but could never overtake the Cavaliers.
Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter was named this year’s most valuable player at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Virginia’s Ty Jerome, Happ and his teammate D’Mitrik Trice and Oklahoma’s Christian James rounded out the five-man all-tournament team.