MADISON, Wis. -- Jon Leuer scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead Wisconsin (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, unranked AP) to an 85-53 win over North Dakota.
Keaton Nankivil added 17 for the Badgers (2-0) in a game that went about as expected in a matchup between a regular Big Ten contender and a team in its third year of the transition to Division I.
An 8-0 run in the middle of the first half put the Badgers up 26-11. They led 41-21 at the break and opened the second half on a 16-2 run to blow the game open.
Milwaukee native Troy Huff scored 21 to lead North Dakota (1-1). His mother, Theresa, is the all-time leading rebounder in Wisconsin women's basketball (1,201) and the fifth-leading scorer (1,879). She is in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.