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Weathering the Storm: Badgers outlast St. John's in season opener

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St. John's 20 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75
  Sanford Pentagon • Sioux Falls, S.D. • Attendance: 3,523

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23 52 75
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 • Josh Gasser: 19 Pts, 8 Reb 4-7 FG, 8-8 FT
 • Sam Dekker: 16 Pts, 7 Reb 6-14 FG
 • Ben Brust: 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast 4-4 FT
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 FG Percentage .483 .463
 3-Point FG Percentage .154 .478
 FT Percentage .739 .833
 Offensive Rebounds 15 14
 Defensive Rebounds 19 20
 Total Rebounds 34 34
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Nov. 8, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Josh Gasser, who missed last season with a knee injury, scored 19 points and No. 20 Wisconsin opened the season with an 86-75 victory over St. John's on Friday night.

The Badgers, who had five players score in double figures, never trailed and took control with an early 11-2 run and then went 11 of 23 from 3-point range.

The game was played in the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon.

Sam Dekker had 16 points for Wisconsin, which opened away from home for the first time in eight years.

 Fast Facts
• UW has now won its last 12 season openers
• Dukan matched St. John's bench, recording 15 pts.
• Badgers' largest lead was 18 points

D'Angelo Harrison had 27 points for the Red Storm and JaKarr Sampson added 21 points and seven rebounds. St. John's was outscored 33-6 from beyond the arc.

Duje Dukan scored a career high 15 points and 5 rebounds off the Badgers bench while senior Ben Brust added 15 points and 3 triples. Traevon Jackson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points and a team-high 4 assists.

Wisconsin led by as many as 18 points in the first half. St. John's got within 58-54 with about 8 minutes left before the Badgers hit consecutive 3-pointers in a span of 22 seconds.

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