MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Devin Harris more than made up for the absence of his backcourt mate.
Harris scored a career-high 38 points and Zach Morley provided a spark in the second half as 11th-ranked Wisconsin rallied to keep Minnesota winless in Big Ten Conference play with an 80-66 triumph.
Before the game, Wisconsin suspended guard Maurice "Boo" Wade after he was arrested and charged with choking a 19-year-old woman. Harris did not miss a beat, making 10-of-12 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 3-pointers, and 13-of-14 free throws.
"Devin got a lot of good things done tonight," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said. "Look at the way he handled the ball and not one turnover."
A 6-3 junior, Harris put an exclamation point on his performance with a steal and reverse dunk with just under two minutes remaining to give the Badgers (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten) a 78-60 lead.
In his last three games, Harris has scored 97 points to emerge as a candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year honors.
"He's listening, he's observing, he takes notes, he studies the game, he's attentive to everything we give him," Ryan said. "And that makes it a joy to be around people like that."
Morley scored all of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds before fouling out for Wisconsin, which extended the Big Ten's longest current home winning streak to 25 games. The Badgers have won a school-record 21 straight conference games at the Kohl Center.
Freshman Kris Humphries tried to keep pace with Harris but finished with 24 points for Minnesota (8-12, 0-8). The Golden Gophers have lost the last six games in the series.
"I thought today we battled. I thought we competed, and Devin Harris was too much," Minnesota coach Dan Monson said. "He's an NBA player. I think he's the best player in his league for a reason. When they were struggling, he put them on his back."
The Golden Gophers used a 20-3 run spanning both halves to turn a 14-point deficit into a 39-36 lead with just over 14 minutes left.
But Morley scored seven points during an 11-3 burst that put the Badgers back in front. Harris took over, nailing back-to-back 3-pointers and a pair of free throws before another basket by Morley gave Wisconsin a 61-53 lead.
"He finished on a couple plays and he attacked the baseline," Ryan said of Morley. "He attacked the gaps, he attacked the rim. When you do that, you're gonna get some fouls called and you'll get to the free-throw line."
Mike Wilkinson chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for Wisconsin, which shot nearly 56 percent (15-of-27) in its 47-point second half.
Ben Johnson had 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and five steals for the Golden Gophers.