Wisconsin Badgers forward Ethan Happ (22) puts up a shot with North Dakota center Carson Shanks (5), at right, in the second half of a game at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, November 17, 2015. AMBER ARNOLD -- State Journal

Nov. 17, Kohl Center

Season record: 2-1

Ethan Happ spent more time on the bench than on the floor during the first two games of the season because of foul trouble.

The redshirt freshman forward on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team got in foul trouble again Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. But by the time Happ picked up his fourth foul in the second half, he had done enough damage around the rim that he could walk away without any regrets.

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Check that. Happ did have one complaint after finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds in the Badgers’ 78-64 non-conference victory over North Dakota.

After taking a look at the stat sheet before the start of the postgame news conference, Happ leaned over to teammate Zak Showalter and said, “Man, I had two easy bunny layups and I missed both.”

Still, that beat the frustration Happ felt after UW’s first two games. He picked up two fouls in the first half of both games and played a combined 37 minutes.

“The coaches definitely got on me about it,” Happ said. “But it doesn’t take a brainiac to know you’re not going to play when you have two fouls in the first half.

“I paid the price, I didn’t play that much. And I felt like I could have helped the team in our loss (to Western Illinois). But you learn from it and move on.”