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La Crosse’s King scores 18 but Badgers lose to Rutgers

La Crosse’s King scores 18 but Badgers lose to Rutgers


Kobe King scored 18 points but the University of Wisconsin fell to Rutgers, 72-65.

The La Crosse native was 7-for-12 from the field and added three assists, three rebounds and a steal. He was one of only two Badgers in double figures.

Wisconsin (5-5, 1-1) trailed 9-0 to start the game but got the lead heading into halftime but the Scarlet Knights (7-3, 1-1) controlled for much of the second half.

The Badgers only got within three points twice in the second half — the last after a Nate Reuvers 3-pointer with 2:04 remaining.

Rutgers answered with a 7-1 run to put things out of reach.

The 18 from King tied his second highest career point total. He scored 18 earlier this season against Eastern Illinois.

King, a redshirt sophomore, is now averaging 12.1 points for Wisconsin, which hosts UW-Milwaukee on Saturday.

The Badgers are still seeking their first road win of the season as they drop back to .500. They’ll have three more non-conference games, including at No. 19 Tennessee, to improve that record before it’s back to conference play against No. 3 Ohio State.

Rutgers outrebounded Wisconsin 40-26 and 14-3 on the offensive glass, leading to a 23-5 advantage in second-chance points.

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