The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team put on a 3-point shooting clinic Thursday during the second game of its international tour.
Junior forward Andy Van Vliet scored 14 points as the Badgers rolled to an 87-53 victory over the New Zealand Breakers in Tauranga, New Zealand.
UW went 15 of 27 from 3-point range (55.6 percent) and shot 49.3 percent overall to beat the Breakers for the second time in three days.
Sophomore point guard D’Mitrik Trice added 12 points for the Badgers, who also got nine points apiece from freshman guard Kobe King and freshman forward Nathan Reuvers and eight from sophomore guard Brevin Pritzl.
Van Vliet, a native of Belgium, is looking to make an impact in his third season at UW. He sat out his freshman season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA and played only 48 minutes last season, contributing 18 points and 20 rebounds in the limited action.
UW coach Greg Gard mixed up his starting lineup Thursday, and one of the players he wanted to see early was Van Vliet. The only holdover in the starting group, Pritzl, was joined on the floor by Van Vliet, junior center Charlie Thomas, redshirt freshman forward Aleem Ford and freshman point guard Brad Davison.
That group helped the Badgers jump out to an 11-0 start. Van Vliet went 3 of 3 from beyond the arc in the first half and had 11 points by halftime.
Next up for UW is a flight to Australia, where it will play three games.