Madison (AP)- Ethan Happ had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin opened a season of transition with an 85-50 win on Friday night over South Carolina State.
Andy Van Vliet added 18 points for the Badgers, who are working in four new starters around one of the country's top big men in Happ. The athletic, 6-foot-10 junior often toyed with the smaller Bulldogs in the lane.
South Carolina State fell behind by as much as 17 late in the first half but kept things respectable until midway through the second half. Van Vliet propelled a 10-0 run with two 3s and a steal that led to another bucket for a 68-47 lead with 7:17 left.
The Bulldogs tried to keep up by running the floor and taking quick, often tough shots from the perimeter. Donte Wright had 13 points, going 5 of 16 from the field and 2 of 10 from 3-point range.
Otherwise, South Carolina State rarely had an answer for Happ on both ends of the floor.
Brevin Pritzl added 17 points for the Badgers, who lost to Florida in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals last year.