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Inside Job: UW powers past Pioneers in exhibition

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Oct. 30, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- In the Badgers only exhibition game of the season, it took a little while for UW to find its rhythm offensively.

But a pair of runs, one occurring in each half, and a solid performance from the free throw stripe, helped Wisconsin eventually build a double-digit lead and earn the 80-51 win over UW-Platteville at the Kohl Center on Thursday.

"It was the same thing that happened against Carlton, our first game up in Canada," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "We make a move and I start putting other guys in, and then you lose some continuity.

"It happens, but in this instance we were able to get it back. I'm still trying to find out who's ready to grab the minutes. Every coach is at this time."

 Fast Facts
• UW used a 14-2 second-half run to pull away
• Badgers outscored UW-P, 40-18, in the paint
• Fr. Hayes earned five offensive rebounds in debut

Behind a game-high 20 points from Ben Brust, who shot 6-for-11 (.545) from the field and finished a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, and a 13-point performance from Sam Dekker, UW was able to physically overpower the Pioneers en route to the win.

In a game that featured a pair of teams that mirror one another in style and defensive principles, it was offensive rebounding and physical play down low that proved to be the difference. Behind a game-high five offensive rebounds from Nigel Hayes, who made his Badgers debut on Wednesday, the Badgers earned 11 offensive boards and outscored UW-Platteville, 40-18, in the paint.

Wisconsin's cold shooting display from 3-point mark was contrasted with an almost perfect performance from the free throw stripe. Finishing 17-for-20 (.850) from the line, it took one half of action before UW would find its stroke from beyond the arc.

A Frank Kaminsky bucket at the 10:33 mark in the first half jumpstarted the Badgers offensively, as UW would use a 13-0 run to take a 33-18 lead with just over seven minutes remaining before the half.

UW-Platteville took advantage of poor shooting from the Badgers to end the half, as they made timely buckets to cut the Wisconsin lead to 37-30 heading into the intermission.

"There were hands in faces and quick releases so that's going to happen, especially in Division III where they have so many good perimeter shooters, so it's a little bit different type of lineup that you face," Ryan added. "There are going to be some threes that are made and I told our guys that, and we just played through it. And then hit some of our own."

Not only did the 3-point shots start falling for UW in the second stanza, but they also outworked the Pioneers on the glass as well.

Hayes earned a pair of buckets, the first on an offensive rebound, helping the Badgers get out to a 14-2 run and extending the lead to 18 points midway through the second half.

The Badgers would allow nine points in the final 9:30 of action, while shooting 54.5(6-11) percent from the 3-point line in the final 20 minutes of action.

Traevon Jackson, who earned the start at point guard for UW, tallied seven points on 3-of-7 (.428) shooting from the field. Jackson also tallied seven assists, while turning the ball over just once.

"As far as taking care of the ball obviously you can look at (Trae's) numbers and he did a pretty good job," Ryan said. "But you know the heat will pick up with some guys that are really going to get after him with longer wingspans and they'll be a little quicker. Tonight he did a real good job, I'd just like to see him do that every night."

The Badgers open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 against St. John's at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network.

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