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Bear trap: Solid defensive outing lifts Badgers to 81-56 win over Cal

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Cal Wisconsin 81, Cal 56
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 Wisconsin 37 44 81
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 • Ben Brust: 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl 9-13 FG
 • Jared Berggren: 18 Pts, 8 Reb 7-9 FG
 • Ryan Evans: 13 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk 5-9 FG
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 FG Percentage .383 .517
 3-Point FG Percentage .333 .333
 FT Percentage .654 .560
 Offensive Rebounds 12 14
 Defensive Rebounds 18 22
 Total Rebounds 30 36
 Turnovers 23 13
 Pts off turnovers 25 10
 2nd chance points 18 7
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Dec. 2, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin used first-half runs of 14-0 and 12-0 to take control early and then put together an 11-0 run in the second half to ice an 81-56 win over previously unbeaten California on Sunday.

Four Wisconsin players scored in double digits with Ben Brust leading the Badgers (5-3) with a season-high 22 points. Jared Berggren had 18 points, Ryan Evans finished with 13, and Sam Dekker added 10 points to round out the double-figure scoring.

 Fast Facts
• UW used a 14-0 run early in the first half to blow the game open
• Wisconsin converted 23 Cal turnovers into 25 points
• The Badgers held Cal to a season-low 56 points

"The team that plays harder generally wins, and that’s what we did tonight," said senior Mike Bruesewitz who finished with eight points and eight rebounds. "Little things like that take a big game and really change the outcome.

"All of a sudden you wonder why teams are winning and little things like that are the reason why.”

Following an early 6-5 Cal advantage, a Frank Kaminsky basket with 14:47 remaining in the first half started what became a 14-0 run for the Badgers. 

The UW lead swelled to 31-12 with just over five minutes remaining in the half following 12-straight points from the Badgers. UW headed into the half holding a 37-24 advantage, and causing 12 Cal turnovers.

The lead would not subside in the last 20 minutes of action. The Badgers opened the final half with an 11-0 advantage and the Bears would not come within 17 points as UW held Cal to just eight field goals in the second stanza.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of guarding (Justin) Cobbs, because he’s been scoring like crazy," Bo Ryan said. "I think we did a better job of sticking with our rules, making a guy make a jump shot rather than a layup or power move at the basket.”

Wisconsin equaled a Kohl Center record with 16 steals and capitalized on 23 Cal turnovers, owning a 25-10 advantage on points off turnovers. The Badgers also reclaimed the glass with a 36-30 margin, including 14 offensive boards.

Allen Crabbe had a game-high 25 for the Bears (6-1), who tallied a season-low 56 points.

The Badgers return to the Kohl Center on Tues., Dec. 4, as they welcome the Nebraska-Omaha Mavs for a 7 p.m. (CT) tip-off on ESPN3.com.

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