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Wisconsin 10 Florida 74, 22 Wisconsin 56
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 Wisconsin 31 25 56
 Florida 43 31 74

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 • Jared Berggren: 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl 4-9 FG
 • Sam Dekker: 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast 4-8 FG
 • Ryan Evans: 7 Pts, 3 Stl 3-11 FG
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 FG Percentage .356 .619
 3-Point FG Percentage .292 .500
 FT Percentage .500 .800
 Offensive Rebounds 12 9
 Defensive Rebounds 9 31
 Total Rebounds 21 40
 Turnovers 10 20
 Pts off turnovers 20 6
 Bench points  25 8
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Nov. 14, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Led by a pair of 11-point outings from senior Jared Berggren and freshman Sam Dekker, No. 22 Wisconsin forced Florida into 20 turnovers but were unable to slow down a streaky-shooting Gators squad, falling 74-56 at the O' Connell Center on Wednesday.

Dekker contributed 20 minutes off of the bench, shooting 4-of-8 from the field, including a pair of 3-point baskets to lead all non-starters with his first double-digit outing in his second career game. Berggren paced Wisconsin in points and rebounds, tallying a team-best six boards in 29 minutes of action.

The 10th-ranked Gators shot a scorching 75 percent from the field in the first half, including a 60-percent effort from 3-point range. Florida finished the game shooting 61.9 percent from the field and left Wisconsin looking for answers defensively.

 Fast Facts
Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren combine for 22 Pts
• Badgers earn 25-8 advantage in bench scoring
• Wisconsin allows most pts since 2010-11 season

"We started the (first) half kind of in a grind, but then we got it back," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "We were really in a good position and then we had three turnovers in four possessions.

"We didn't do the assignments, exchanges, and (Florida) got open looks."

After struggling from 3-point range for most of the game, Dekker provided a spark with multiple aggressive drives to the lane resulting in foul shots and easy buckets for UW (1-1).

Wisconsin cut Florida's lead to two points with 9:26 left in the first half before a 12-2 run from the Gators inflated the lead to double-digits with just over five minutes left before halftime.

"It's like a lot we've seen; I thought we had some looks," Ryan said. "We've got guys in practice that hit those same shots."

Florida's Erik Murphy had no problem hitting shots and made all 10 of his attempts, including two from 3-point range, as the short-handed Gators enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the night. Murphy tied a career high with 24 points and also had seven rebounds just days after dealing with an illness.

Mike Rosario added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for Florida (2-0), and Kenny Boynton chipped in 10.

Florida extended its the lead to 19 early in the second half after Boynton converted a four-point play to open the period. Murphy followed with a post basket, and then Boyton added a driving layup.

The Badgers never trimmed the lead below 12 the rest of the way.

"We were on the road for the first time with these guys," Ryan said. "What you like to do is get them away somewhere before you come in and play a game like this, but that didn't happen.

"This is the way you have to pay your dues."

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