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Badgers outlast Nebraska, 47-41, in first Big Ten road test

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Wisconsin Wisconsin 47, Nebraska 41
Devaney Center • Lincoln, Neb. • Attendance: 9,805

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1st 2nd Final
19 28 47
 Nebraska 19 22 41
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Jared Berggren: 13 Pts, 3 Blk 6-13 FG
 • Ryan Evans: 10 Pts, 15 Reb 4-8 FG
 • Sam Dekker: 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 3-6 FG
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 FG Percentage .377 .367
 3-Point FG Percentage .235 .167
 FT Percentage .231 .600
 Offensive Rebounds 8 3
 Defensive Rebounds 30 32
 Total Rebounds 38 35
 Turnovers 6 8
 Pts In Paint 28 14
 Bench Pts 12 2
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Jan. 6, 2013

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Wisconsin has been tested early and often so far in Big Ten play. 

For the second-straight game, Wisconsin used stout defense and solid ball control to counter poor shooting from the field and the free throw stripe, earning a 47-41 road win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday at the Devaney Center.

"That's as physical and as tough of a game on both sides," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "I thought our guys played extremely well defensively, and I thought their guys did too."

Jared Berggren tallied 13 points and three blocks, while Ryan Evans added 10 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

The Badgers (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten) won their fifth game in a row and held their ninth straight opponent to 60 points or fewer.

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin outscored Nebraska 28-14 in the paint
• The Badgers held Nebraska scoreless for 6:14 in the 1st half
Ryan Evans tallies his fourth double-double of the season

After heading into the half tied at 19-19, the Huskers (9-6, 0-2) and Badgers traded punches for most of the second stanza. 

Berggren, who scored 12 of his team-best 13 points in the second half, made six baskets in a row to start the final 20 minutes of action. 

"(Berggren) just gave us life," Ryan said. "...the guys were so down, and I could tell the guys were like 'thank goodness', because we finally had a guy that got into a rhythm and could put the ball through the net."

The Badgers used Berggren to assert themselves inside, while holding Nebraska to just one made basket in the final 6:16 of regulation.  

A pair of crucial baskets from sophomore Traevon Jackson closed the door on the Cornhuskers and secured UW's first 2-0 start in Big Ten play since the 2009-10 season.

Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley scored 12 points apiece and Brandon Ubel added 10 for the Huskers.

Wisconsin welcomes Illinois to the Kohl Center on Jan. 12 for a 1:15 p.m. (CT) tip. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Netwrok.

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