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Challenging night: Virginia hands Badgers rare home loss

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 FG Percentage .457 .382
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 Defensive Rebounds 28 18
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Nov. 28, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ben Brust scored 15 points and Jared Berggren added 12, but Wisconsin was unable to hold an early second half lead as Virginia posted the 60-54 win over the Badgers in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night.

A pair of 3-pointers from freshman Sam Dekker and Brust help the Badgers build a 36-31 lead midway through the second half. When Virginia head coach and Wisconsin native, Tony Bennett called an ensuing timeout, it appeared the Badgers might start pulling away.

However, as they did all night, the Cavaliers answered. A basket from Akil Mitchell jump-started a 12-2 run pushing Virginia to a 43-38 advantage with 8:53 left in regulation.

The Badgers would play catch-up the rest of the night.

 Fast Facts
• Game saw 5 ties and 6 lead changes
• Virginia uses 12-2 run to pull away early in 2nd half
• UW held to single-digit offensive rebounds for 1st time this season

"I think they (Wisconsin) went up five or six, and I’ve seen a lot of teams just fold at that point in this environment," Bennett said. "I was just so pleased to see our guys answer quickly and then remain tough-minded."

Darion Atkins scored 14 for the Cavaliers (5-2), while Akil Mitchell added 11.

Harris was intentionally fouled with just less than a minute left and converted both free throws to put the Cavaliers up 57-50.

Berggren then slammed home a miss, and Virginia committed a turnover as the Badgers went to a full-court press. Berggren hit a pair of free throws to pull Wisconsin within 57-54 with 34.4 seconds left, and the Badgers fouled Mitchell in the full-court press.

He converted the first, but missed the second.

Wisconsin struggled to get a shot off with Brust finally heaving a desperation 3-point attempt with 5 seconds left. It would fall short and so would Wisconsin's comeback effort.

“There were so many opportunities where there were loose balls and it seemed like every time we were close to getting a big stop, the ball would bounce around and end up in their hands. Those were just toughness plays that we didn’t make tonight and we’ve got to get back and get better at moving forward.”

The Badgers will host undefeated Cal on Sunday at the Kohl Center. Tip off on Big Ten Network is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT).

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