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Milwaukee Wisconsin 74, Milwaukee 53
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 16,465

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 Wisconsin 41 33 74
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 • Ryan Evans: 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 8-16 FG
 • Traevon Jackson: 13 Pts, 3 Ast, 5-8 FG
 • Jared Berggren: 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 3-8 FG
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 FG Percentage .440 .475
 3-Point FG Percentage .318 .500
 FT Percentage .500 .846
 Offensive Rebounds 3 10
 Defensive Rebounds 18 26
 Total Rebounds 21 36
 Turnovers 8 4
 Bench 18 18
 Pts off turnovers 14 13
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Dec. 22, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. - Coming into Saturday night's in-state duel, the only time the Wisconsin Badgers fell to Milwaukee was in 1992. 

The Badgers made for certain those feelings of defeat weren't resurrected 20 years later, as UW outlasted the Panthers, 74-53, at the Kohl Center. 

Ryan Evans scored a season-high 19 points, while Traevon Jackson added a career-best 13 points and Jared Berggren chipped in 11. 

"There are obviously still some things to improve on, but I thought we did a better job tonight," Berggren said. " The first half was quite a bit better than the second half so there is still room for improvement, but I think we are definitely making progress.”

Wisconsin (8-4) beat its state rivals for the 20th consecutive season and improved to 29-1 in the teams' all-time series.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers use 14-0 run to pull away in first half
• UW shot a season-best 50 pct (7-14) from 3-point range
• Wisconsin earns a +15 rebounding margin

After trailing early, Wisconsin used a 14-0 run to open up its lead and took a 23-point advantage into the half. The Badgers held Milwaukee to 18 first-half points on seven made baskets.  

UW finished 11-for-13 (.846) from the free throw stripe and got 18 points from its bench in the victory.

"I like the fact that we didn’t take as many 3’s as there appeared," Bo Ryan said. "We did touch the post quite a bit and we just need to finish better."

Milwaukee (3-10) got out to an early 10-8 lead behind Paris Gulley's seven points, but Brust gave the Badgers the lead with his first 3-pointer at 6:15 in the first half. Brust's second long ball put his team up 25-11 with 9:40 left in the first half.

Gulley had 16 points to lead the Panthers, which has lost nine of 10 and four in a row.

"There are some bright signs that guys can refer to or have a reference point in their own minds," Ryan added. "The league is so good that improvements still have to be made.

"I sure like the way they’ve hung in there. They’re not hanging their heads and they’re not feeling sorry for themselves and nobody else is -- a lot more basketball left to play.”

The Badgers finish up their non-conference slate by welcoming Samford to the Kohl Center on Sat., Dec. 29. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. (CT) and the game will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.

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