Fourth-Ranked Badgers Ride Hot First-Half Shooting Past Panthers
Dec. 11, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Ben Brust had 18 points to lead four players in double figures as the University of Wisconsin claimed a 78-52 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin made 9-of-13 shots from three-point range in the first half to all but put the game out of reach.
When Wisconsin did finally cool off midway through the second half, the Panthers crawled back to within 16 points and had a chance to get closer. But, the Badgers then answered with a 10-0 run to reclaim complete control.
"You can't spot the number-four team in the country 20 points and think in the second half you're going to have a chance to cut into a Wisconsin team that is so disciplined," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We saw first-hand tonight all five guys can make shots, and the way they were shooting the ball in the first half was impressive."
Kyle Kelm had 17 points to lead Milwaukee (9-3), which saw its five-game winning streak snapped.
The Panthers could not overcome 19 turnovers, equaling their season-high.
"We were really trying to make everything happen with one pass or one play, and as a result we give up 28 points off of 19 turnovers. That really sums up the game," Jeter said. "We just didn't have the opportunities we needed to give yourself a chance. To turn the ball over that many times and give up that many points, it's hard to overcome."
Wisconsin's hot shooting sparked a huge first-half run. The Badgers turned a 7-all game into a 20-9 lead as Brust scored 13 points in a row. As if that individual run from Brust wasn't enough, Traevon Jackson added seven in a row to make it 28-13. A Brust three extended the lead to 35-13 and the Panthers were never really able to recover.
Milwaukee's best stretch from there came midway through the second half, as the Badgers went cold from the perimeter. The Panthers crawled to within 55-37 on two-straight threes from Austin Arians and then got within 61-45 on a Kelm three-point play with 7:35 left. But Milwaukee turned the ball over on its next possession and Wisconsin wound up answering with 10-straight points to officially put the game out of reach.
The Panthers now take an extended break for final exams before returning to action Dec. 21 and 22 in New Orleans. Milwaukee faces Northeastern on the 21st and Alabama State on the 22nd, with both contest played as part of the Westin Holiday Classic.