UW takes out Colgate, 68-41

first_imgWisconsin reserve guard Ben Brust turned heads again, scoring a game-high 17 points against Colgate Wednesday in the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]It was not as graceful an ending as the Wisconsin men’s basketball team would have preferred, but Wednesday night nevertheless brought the Badgers its second win in as many games.In a 68-41 victory over Colgate (1-1), No. 13/14 Wisconsin (2-0) finished the evening by shooting 36.7 percent from the field in the second half while uncharacteristically hitting a mere 28.6 percent of free throws.Thanks to a strong performance in the first half, however, the Badgers finished the night hitting on a 44.3 percent clip while holding the Raiders to a 34.8 percent success rate on the night.Reserve guard Ben Brust climbed to the top of the team’s scoring once again, putting forth 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the arc.Forward Jared Berggren and point guard Jordan Taylor followed Brust’s lead with nine points each. The two also led the Badgers with seven rebounds apiece while Taylor dished out four assists.Colgate center John Brandenburg, meanwhile, led the Raiders with 11 points and six rebounds.After shooting 51.6 percent in the first half and earning a 42-20 lead at the break, Wisconsin’s offense began the second period looking anemic. The Badgers missed their first four shots, converted one basket and then proceeded to whiff the next eight tries.Wisconsin began to right the ship when guard/forward Rob Wilson and Brust each earned a bucket via goaltending.The Raiders, meanwhile, were not able to take advantage of their opponents’ scoring drought as they could only muster eight points after 10 and a half minutes in the second half, not enough to threaten what had began as a 22-point deficit.“I thought defensively we were doing some things, but sometimes shots don’t go down,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Basketball can be that way sometimes, but as long as on the other end we were getting some deflections and things going, we were doing okay. Nothing changed.”Taylor and Berggren both struggled to score efficiently on the night, with the latter going 4-of-13 from the field. Taylor, meanwhile, managed to convert three of four three-pointers but failed to hit a jumper, going 0-for-6.Taylor’s deep ball benefited from a high screen along the wings on at least two of those occasions, which created an open look. But overall, the senior came away thinking he had taken some shots unwisely.“I did force some shots, especially early in the second half … but we got going, we got a little better,” Taylor said. “We just kind of started to move the ball better.”Berggren, too, admitted his offensive game was not up to par, especially given the opportunities that opened up when the Badgers were scoring from deep.“Guys knocking down shots outside, it opens things up inside for me to hopefully face some one-on-one coverage,” he said. “I got to do a better job finishing in there. I shot 4-for-13 today, that’s a little disappointing. I got to work on finishing off a basket; hopefully that improves in the next game.”Berggren, along with others who ventured inside near the rim, had to deal with the Raiders’ lofty frontcourt of Brandenburg and Nick Pascale. Brandenburg stands at 6-foot-11 while Pascale rests at 6-foot-10, and each had two blocks on the night while the entire team totaled six.Despite the Raiders’ size, though, the Badgers won the rebound battle, 43-29, and even doubled up on their opponents in the first half, grabbing 20 of a possible 30 boards.Wisconsin established a 26-11 lead midway through the first half thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Taylor and Brust, as well as another from Berggren.But both Ryan and Brust agreed after the game that the Badgers were still finding the same amount of open looks in the second half, only this time the shots simply didn’t fall.Taylor attributed it to a sliding lack of focus after obtaining a sizeable lead.“I’d say lack of focus … when you come out and get a lead like that, teams have a tendency to relax,” Taylor said. “As a team, I think we got too complacent today and just kind of let our guard down and [were not] really concentrating.”last_img

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