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Guard Jordan Taylor took a backseat in the scoring effort Saturday but led with eight assists.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s basketball team broke the 2010-11 season’s ice with an 80-54 victory in Saturday’s exhibition game against UW-Stevens Point at the Kohl Center.Preseason All-American guard Jordan Taylor paced the Badger offense with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field along with seven assists, while two reserve players from a year ago, redshirt junior Ryan Evans and sophomore Ben Brust, led the way on the scoreboard for the Badgers.Evans led the team with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field while adding five rebounds and three steals. Brust chipped in another 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, tops on the team.Although eight points in 30 minutes of play may not be what most people had in mind for Taylor in the season tune-up, the senior played a near-flawless game by engineering baskets for his teammates.“[UWSP was] doing a good job of taking some things away and making Jordan make decisions,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “But you didn’t see him force, you didn’t see him do anything other than get his teammates real good shots or the pass that led to the pass that gave a guy a good shot. That’s when you know you have a good point guard.”Taylor attempted his first shot eight minutes in and didn’t convert until he took his next shot two minutes later.“Jordan wasn’t looking to do anything tonight other than run the show and when shots were there [take them],” Ryan said. “That was a great job of orchestrating the offense.”Taylor’s orchestration began soon after tip-off when, on the Badgers’ first possession, he drove toward the basket from the top of the key and kicked the ball out to forward Mike Bruesewitz on the wing. The 6-foot-6 junior, who finished the night with seven points, pulled up and hit the three-pointer.Wisconsin’s control of the game never wavered from there, as the Badgers established a 10-point cushion after 10 minutes of play and a 45-33 lead at the half, despite UWSP shooting 61.9 percent from the field in the first period.UW finished the night shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from the arc.The Pointers went on to shoot just about half as well in the second half, but Ryan still mentioned after the game that UW’s frontcourt defense still has some work to do before the conference season arrives.“The front line needs to get more repetitions and that’s what these non-conference and exhibition games are for,” Ryan said. “I think, offensively, we did some nice things, but defensively, a much better job of reading and reacting in the second half.”Due to three starting big men graduating from the Badgers last season, UW’s frontcourt is currently undergoing a bit of a makeover. Ryan’s starting lineup on Saturday included returning starters Taylor and Josh Gasser at the guard positions while Bruesewitz, Evans and redshirt junior Jared Berggren rounded out the frontcourt.Evans made it clear how comfortable he is in a starting role for UW.“I like to be starting, I’m going to keep it real,” Evans said. “There’s more opportunities and [Berggren and I are] glad to have that. In the past years, we liked to play in roles and that type of thing but we obviously do want to be starting and helping the team along with Jordan.”Guard Traevon Jackson also received the most playing time among UW freshman, putting in 17 minutes and made his first appearance on the floor at the 12:06 mark in the first half.Jackson hit two of four shots, including one three-pointer, and finished with five points. He also tacked on two rebounds and assists.Along with Brust, Jackson had the rest of the team feeling good about depth in the backcourt.“Ben, all of last year we knew the way he used to light us up on scout team a little bit sometimes,” Taylor said. “Trae is a welcome element to the team that we are ready to have step in and get some good minutes like he did tonight.”
MORE: Watch select NFL games with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Los Angeles, meanwhile, couldn’t solve the Cowboys’ defense; two of the Rams’ touchdowns came in garbage time. Running back Todd Gurley was held to 20 yards on 11 carries, and quarterback Jared Goff had 284 yards but needed 51 attempts to get there.VIDEO: Cowboys-Rams highlightsThere was drama surrounding the opening coin toss. After the Cowboys correctly called the flip, it was unclear whether Prescott had asked to “defer” or to “kick off,” an important distinction. If he had asked to kick off, Dallas would have had to kick off at the start of both halves. At halftime, though, referee Walt Anderson and the league office reviewed the footage and determined Prescott indeed had said “defer,” so the Cowboys received to begin the second half.NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 15Dallas added a field goal on that drive, turning a 28-7 halftime lead to a 31-7 advantage. By then, it was clear Los Angeles did not possess the firepower to make up that deficit. The result sets up a massive Week 16 game between the Cowboys and Eagles in Philadelphia. Dallas would clinch the division with a win. An Eagles win would allow Philadelphia to need just a Week 17 win over the Giants to secure a playoff spot.Sporting News tracked live score updates and highlights from Cowboys vs. Rams Week 15. Follow along below.Cowboys vs. Rams final score Q1Q2Q3Q4FCowboys 72131344Rams0701421Cowboys vs. Rams updates, highlightsFinal: Cowboys 44, Rams 217:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. Goff to Cooper Kupp for 7 yards. Two-point conversion no good.7:26 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Cowboys. Tony Pollard goes 44 yards down the sideline. Been that kind of evening for the Rams. Cowboys 44, Rams 15.7:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. LA fumbled on a fourth down, but the Cowboys were lined up in the neutral zone. Gurley dropped a pass on the 2-point conversion attempt, but the Cowboys were lined up in the neutral zone. The Rams made them pay for each mistake. Cowboys 37, Rams 15.7:09 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Dallas adds on a 42-yarder, again. This time after a drive that lasted 6:59. Cowboys 37, Rams 7.6:50 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Dallas adds on a 42-yarder. Cowboys 34, Rams 7.End third quarter: Cowboys 31, Rams 76:40 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Rams. Los Angeles goes for it on fourth-and-10, and Goff can’t find his man. Dallas takes over and can just about ice this.6:32 p.m.: The Cowboys seemed to force and recover a fumble on a Rams fake punt, but the call is reversed to Mike Thomas being down by contact for a first down.6:14 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Los Angeles now trails by 24 after a 50-yard field goal from Kai Forbath. Cowboys 31, Rams 7.6:09 p.m.: Per Fox, the referees reviewed the footage and heard Prescott say “defer,” so Dallas could choose to receive in the second half. 6:07 p.m.: Stand down.Update: Cowboys will receive to begin second half. They avoid kicking off to begin both halves. https://t.co/nCBtmzm1Bn— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 15, 20195:59 p.m.: Stand by. About as dramatic a halftime as you can get.During halftime, the officiating crew is expected to discuss with New York office who will receive to begin second half in Cowboys-Rams. Could still be Dallas despite coin-toss confusion.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 15, 2019Halftime: Cowboys 28, Rams 75:52 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Cowboys. Los Angeles got a stop on third-and-goal, but an illegal use of hands penalty gives Dallas a fresh set of downs. Elliott in from 3 yards out. Cowboys 28, Rams 7.Zeke’s second TD of the half!Four straight TD drives for the @DallasCowboys . @EzekielElliott #DallasCowboys📺: #LARvsDAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog pic.twitter.com/QjPN9RRHDr— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 20195:48 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Cowboys. Uh-oh. Pressured, Goff throws a bad pick on the second play of the drive. Dallas takes over with first-and-goal from the 9.Sean Lee comes up with a huge INT! #DallasCowboys📺: #LARvsDAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog pic.twitter.com/BUPw90d2kl— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 20195:43 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Cowboys. Dallas goes 97 yards in 14 plays and nearly eight minutes. A 1-yard Elliott run caps it off. Cowboys 21, Rams 7.Feed Zeke. @DallasCowboys take a two-touchdown lead. #DallasCowboys📺: #LARvsDAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog pic.twitter.com/26pPZEuAGW— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 20195:20 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, COWBOYS. They’re coming fast and furious now. Prescott hits Tavon Austin for a wide-open 59-yard score. Two Rams defenders ran into each other, freeing him up. Cowboys 14, Rams 7.Tavon Austin scores the 59-yard TD against his former team! @Tayaustin01 #DallasCowboys📺: #LARvsDAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog pic.twitter.com/1FiQ6CKXvR— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 20195:15 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Rams. Los Angeles ties it up with a pretty easy 75-yard touchdown drive. Jared Goff to Todd Gurley for a 2-yard score. Cowboys 7, Rams 7.. @JaredGoff16 and @TG3II connect to even the score in Dallas! #LARvsDAL #LARams📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog pic.twitter.com/fTHYIVIbHg— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 2019End first quarter: Cowboys 7, Rams 05:00 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Cowboys. Dak Prescott hits Jason Witten, whose one-handed catch is a 19-yard score. Cowboys 7, Rams 0.. @JasonWitten made this one-handed catch look EFFORTLESS 😱Touchdown, #DallasCowboys📺: #LARvsDAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/ALWDCpltog pic.twitter.com/PXY9tZ2PHH— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 20194:56 p.m.: Whole lot of punts early.4:44 p.m.: Potential disaster here. Dak may have screwed up the coin toss, saying Dallas will “kick off” rather than “defer” after correctly calling the flip. Needless to say it will not go over well if this is the case. The Cowboys snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 44-21 blowout victory over the Rams in Week 15. The win keeps Dallas (7-7) tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East and puts Los Angeles on the brink of elimination from the NFC wild-card race.A Dallas offense that struggled mightily in recent losses to the Patriots and Bills found its rhythm against the Rams, gaining 475 total yards, punting just twice and not turning the ball over. Running backs Ezekiel Elliott (117 yards, two touchdowns) and Tony Pollard (131 yards, one touchdown) led the attack, while quarterback Dak Prescott added two touchdowns and 212 yards through the air. Gonna be really interesting if the #Cowboys really do have to kickoff to start both halves… there was some serious confusion pregame, as the coin toss developed.If they really did make that mistake, it is utterly ridiculous.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) December 15, 20194:38 p.m.: Elliott has a couple of decent runs, but Dallas’ first drive ends in its own territory.4:33 p.m.: Los Angeles stalls just across midfield and punts back to the Cowboys.4:25 p.m.: The Rams open with the ball on the 40, after Dallas’ kickoff goes out of bounds.