At one point last season, former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes proclaimed that Brevin Pritzl was the best shooter in the country. Tuesday night in Auckland, the New Zealand Breakers found out exactly what Hayes meant. Pritzl scored a team-high 28 points, going 7-for-9 from 3-point range, and helped lead Wisconsin to an 85-75 win in the opener of a five-game trip Down Under.
"It was good to finally be back on our feet playing basketball again," Pritzl said. "Today was just about doing the things that we do in practice and executing them. When shots are open you have to take them and we just had a really good team flow to find shots."
In front of fellow sharp-shooter and UW Hall of Famer Kirk Penney, Pritzl kept the Breakers off balance all night, hitting triples in the half court set, off double teams and even in transition. Penney, an Auckland native and member of the Breakers, did not participate in the game, but came away impressed with his alma mater.
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