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Long distance call: Badgers shoot past Ottawa, 101-92

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2013 Canada Trip - Game 2 (Exhibition)
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Aug. 22, 2013

OTTAWA, Ontario -- The international 3-point line is more than a foot deeper than the NCAA line, so you could understand if the Badgers struggled a bit from long range on their Canadian tour.

The exact opposite was true Thursday night as Wisconsin unleashed a barrage of triples and ran past Ottawa University, 101-92.

UW is now 1-1 on its five-game Canadian exhibition tour.

The Badgers shot 57.7 percent from 3-point range in the win, knocking down 15 of 26 attempts. That began with a torrid stretch in the first half when UW connected on 10-of-16 from behind the extended arc.

 Fast Facts
• UW nailed 10 first-half 3-pointers and shot 60 pct from long range
• The Badgers' lead peaked at 20 early in 2nd half
• Dekker led UW with 20 pts, 8 reb and 7 ast

UW needed all of those triples to keep up with another hot-shooting Canadian team. A night after Carleton shot 54 percent and hit eight 3-pointers, Ottawa was just as sharp connecting on 52 percent from 3-point range, going 13-for-25. 

For the second night in a row, Sam Dekker led UW in scoring, coming just shy of a triple double. Dekker poured in 20 points, adding 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He was one of five Badgers in double figures, joining Ben Brust (18), George Marshall (15), Duje Dukan (14) and Frank Kaminsky (12).

Wisconsin trailed 41-39 with just four minutes left in the first half, before stepping on the gas pedal with a 13-0 run over the next three minutes. In fact, the Badgers closed the half scoring 16 of the final 19 points.

Four straight 3-pointers from Brust, Kaminsky (2) and Marshall fueled the surge and gave the UW a comfortable 55-44 halftime edge.

The UW lead would swell to 20 at 71-51 on a three-point play from Brust with 14:31 remaining. Ottawa pulled within six at 85-79 with 3:22 remaining, but the Badgers went small with a lineup of Marshall, Jackson, Brust, Zak Showalter and Dekker and closed out the game making 10 of their last 12 free throws.

The Badgers out-rebounded Ottawa 40-28, but had an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers.

In his second game back from a knee injury, junior Josh Gasser played 17 minutes and made his only field goal attempt, a 3-pointer from the wing. Freshman Bronson Koenig chipped in five points in nine minutes off the UW bench, going 2-for-2 from the floor.

Despite the increased distance, UW is not shying away from the 3-point shot, nor should they. Through two games, the Badgers are shooting 48.0 percent (25-of-52) from beyond the arc.

Friday will serve as a travel day for the Badgers as they head to Toronto. UW will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 24 to take on men’s select team, A-Game Hoops at 5 p.m. CT at historic Mattamy Athletic Center.

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