MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Brad Davison scored 23 points, and No. 13 Wisconsin beat Rhode Island 73-62 on Wednesday in a nonconference game added to the schedule two days ago.
Wisconsin (4-1) originally was slated to host No. 25 Louisville on Wednesday as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but the Cardinals canceled their second consecutive game following a positive COVID-19 test within the program. Rhode Island was added as a replacement on Monday.
Wisconsin took a 53-31 lead on Jonathan Davis’ turnaround jumper with 11:58 remaining, but the Rams closed to 62-54 on a 3-pointer by Jeremy Sheppard with 4:40 left.
Michah Potter had 13 points and Aleem Ford scored 11 for Wisconsin, which bounced back from a 67-65 loss to Marquette on a buzzer-beating tip-in of a missed free throw on Friday.
Sheppard had 13 points for the Rams (3-3), who had won three straight.
The Badgers gained control early, breaking out to a 33-16 halftime lead. The cold-shooting Rams were 7 of 27 in the first half.
Davison, who was 0 for 4 and missed all three shots from beyond the arc against Marquette, hit three 3-pointers in the early going to stake Wisconsin to a 10-2 lead.
The Badgers pushed the lead to 21-8 on Nate Reuver’s inside turnaround with 9:01 left in the half.
Rhode Island: The late addition to the schedule allowed the Rams to avoid an 11-day layoff between games.
Wisconsin: Barring schedule changes, the Badgers have one non-conference game remaining before opening Big Ten play at home against Nebraska on Dec. 21.
Rhode Island is at Western Kentucky on Sunday.
Wisconsin hosts Northern Iowa on Dec. 16.