first_imgFifth-year senior Jared Berggren had plenty to smile about Sunday, as the Badgers’ bench production added to the center’s solid 19-point performance against the Lions.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s basketball team started off its 2012-13 campaign in high-flying fashion Sunday, demolishing Southeastern Louisiana 87-47 at the Kohl Center.From the get-go, it was never much of a contest between the Badgers and their visitors from the south.UW opened the game on a 19-0 scoring run that spanned the first eight minutes of the first half before the Lions broke the shutout on a three-pointer by senior guard Todd Nelson more than seven minutes into the game.By the end of the first half, the Badgers had built a commanding 43-17 lead on 15-for-28 shooting, while they held the visiting Lions to a measly 25 percent clip from the field on 7-for-28 shooting and 1-for-8 from behind the three-point line.While the second half would start out right where it left off for the Badgers, as time wore on, UW Head Coach Bo Ryan increasingly turned to the bench to take the workload off his starters in the first game of a lengthy season.The Badgers would finish with 34 points from the bench, including 10 points from senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and eight points from freshman forward Sam Dekker.For Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jim Yarbrough, Wisconsin’s offensive depth posed too many problems for his team to handle.“They were just terrific in every way,” Yarbrough said. “At one point weeks and months ago, if you told us we would have 47 points, we probably would have been ecstatic in some ways thinking, ‘Well maybe the game could be 58-47, kind of a low scoring affair, grinding it out.’“If this is any kind of example, I don’t think [Wisconsin is] going to have to worry about low-scoring affairs.”Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of the game for Badger fans was not the blowout margin of victory, but the team’s announcement before the game that Bruesewitz had been cleared to play and would participate in the regular season home opener.While the medical staff restricted his time on the court, Bruesewitz finished the game as UW’s third leading scorer with 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Senior forward Jared Berggren lead Wisconsin’s scoring efforts with 19 points, quietly putting out a solid performance for Wisconsin and rounding out his statistics with eight rebounds and four blocks.“I thought he did some really good things to keep a post presence,” Ryan said. “We did touch the post; some teams you will be able to touch the post more than against others. Jared did a pretty good job with that.”Helping Berggren with the scoring load and on the boards was redshirt sophomore guard Ben Brust. Often a hot-and-cold shooter last season, Brust finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and hit both of his two attempts from behind the arc. The 6-foot-1 Brust also led all players with 11 rebounds. Following the departure of point guard Jordan Taylor, who graduated last spring, and Josh Gasser to a season-ending ACL injury, some thought UW might struggle on the defensive side of the ball with two of the Badgers’ best defenders no longer on the court. But the combination of Brust, redshirt freshman George Marshall and sophomore Traevon Jackson at guard held the Lions’ starting guards to 19 points – including only two points from senior guard Brandon Fortenberry, who was Southeastern Louisiana’s second-leading scorer a year ago and is expected to carry the bulk of the offense this season.“We knew Fortenberry could score,” Ryan said. “I thought we did a pretty good job of, at times, handing him off to the next guy, forcing him to squeeze in areas of the floor to where he was uncomfortable. Our positioning wasn’t too bad.”Looking ahead to the rest of the season, especially with the loss of Gasser, Brust and the other guards know their defensive play could play a big role in the Badgers’ results.“Obviously Josh was [all-Big Ten] defensive team last year, so collectively in the guard spot, I think me, George and [Traevon], we’re going to have to do a good job working together … and do our best to get what we can without Josh,” Brust said. “We’re just going to have to step up.”Despite a dominating first performance in Wisconsin’s official unveiling of this year’s team, the looming matchup with No. 10 Florida Wednesday kept Ryan from getting too carried away with the Badgers’ 40-point rout.“[Traevon], and Ben, George, they did OK,” Ryan said. “But we are obviously going to have to be better against the next opponent.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWhile the majority of those who have died have been in central Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley communities had a number of homeless deaths. No specific numbers were counted for the San Gabriel Valley, but Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, estimated about 150 homeless deaths. “It’s a hard, hard life out there,” said Irene Kubo, executive director of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, which runs the area’s cold weather shelter. “They’re prone to all the normal things we are, but the problem is they don’t get proper care,” Kubo said. “You can take the normal run of physical ailments that the general public has and increase it in quantity and degree because of health care. Their lifespans are cut short by 30 or 40 years.” The average age among those found dead was 48, about 36 percent less than the average life span. The cause of nearly half the deaths was cardiovascular disease coupled with substance abuse. Nearly one in five were killed violently as victims of homicide, suicide or other trauma. “They’re very vulnerable to violence,” said Judy Hall, outreach worker for Pomona Homeless Outreach. “Whatever little bit they have gets taken. We’ve had them come in so afraid they’ll be killed.” “The human cost of the tragedy of homelessness in the richest country in the history of the planet is illustrated by these statistics,” said Torie Osborn, senior adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “And it’s heartbreaking. I think it just shows we have a long way to go to step up and take care of our most vulnerable citizens. I mean to die alone and on the streets – what could be a sadder Christmas?” According to the report, Los Angeles County is the “homeless capital of the nation,” with an estimated 73,000 homeless. Yet only 17 percent of the county’s homeless are able to find shelter, the lowest percentage of any major metropolitan area in the nation. Advocates said a major contributor is lack of accessible services. “Medical services are a tremendous need in the area of helping homeless,” said Terry Hammack, who does outreach for Whittier First Day, a 45-bed shelter and recovery center. “L.A. County provides services, but so many of them are centered in Los Angeles. We just don’t get a lot of resources out here and it’s a big problem.” Kitty Galt and her partner, Ruben Gallegos, outreach workers for Pacific Clinics in Pasadena, said they stopped counting homeless deaths at 14 over the last 24 months. Pasadena had a total of 55 deaths since 2000, according to the study. “When somebody becomes ill or has some kind of crisis, their mental health may make it impossible for them to reach out,” Galt said. “Ordinary health conditions may exacerbate a medical condition, and we may not get there in time.” The report contains seven major recommendations for the city and county to improve services to the homeless, but its major recommendation is to make permanent housing options for the homeless a regional priority. “A number of these deaths are preventable,” said Erlenbusch. “With no resources and forced to live outside, in their cars and in abandoned buildings, it’s no wonder that hundreds of homeless people die without dignity in our community every year. “This is just shameful.” Staff writer Bethania Palma contributed to this report. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nearly 3,000 homeless people have died in Los Angeles County since 2000, many alone and forgotten, according to the first study of its kind by the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness. The study – which also lists all of the names of those who have died – was based on coroner’s records and is being formally released today, designated as National Homeless Memorial Day. The report comes as county efforts to institute a wide-ranging and comprehensive homeless shelter program have moved slowly amid funding and other complicating factors. On average, one homeless person dies every day in the county, according to the report. last_img read more