Brad Davison and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished their international trip on a solid note Tuesday.
Davison, a freshman guard, scored 23 points and made some clutch baskets in the fourth quarter to lead the Badgers to an 83-71 victory over the host Sydney Kings at Bankstown Basketball Stadium.
Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice added 16 points for UW, which finished its trip to Australia and New Zealand with a 4-1 record.
Junior center Ethan Happ had a great all-around game for the Badgers, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. UW also got a boost from freshman forward Nathan Reuvers, who scored nine of his 10 points after halftime and also grabbed six rebounds.
Two days after a poor finish against Melbourne United led to UW’s only defeat on its trip, the Badgers were much more efficient down the stretch to break open a close game.
Davison, in particular, had some big moments to help the Badgers hold off the Kings.
UW’s bench was upset after a couple questionable calls had allowed Sydney to pull within 66-62, but Davison took over. He scored eight consecutive points, including 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, to stretch the Badgers’ lead to double digits with under 5 minutes to play in the game.
Davison was 7 of 12 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free throw line.
Adam Thoseby scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Kings.