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Experience outduels youth in Badgers' Red/White Scrimmage

Wisconsin  Red 67, White 65
Red-White Scrimmage • Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.

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Oct. 26, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- The show began with singing and dancing and ended with a thrilling finish. The 2013 Red/White Scrimmage was anything but dull.

Following player performances with UW Dance Team and freshman Vitto Brown singing a stirring rendition of the national anthem, a veteran-laden Red squad defeated the youthful White team, 67-65, in front of 4,905 at the Kohl Center.

The Red team rode the experienced shooting of guards Ben Brust (16 points) and George Marshall (14 points) and knocked down 10 3-pointers on the night. Sophomore Sam Dekker led the White team with a game-high 18 points to go with four assists, while teammate Frank Kaminsky tallied 16 points and nine rebounds.

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• White erases 13-point lead by Red squad late in 2nd half
• Bohannon seals win on lay-up with less than 20 seconds to go in regulation
• Dekker leads all scorers with 18 points

“If somebody makes a good play here that means somebody makes a bad play,” Ryan admitted. “I’ve been watching this since August. These guys are young guys, other than the experienced guards who kept the Red team in the game and won the game for the Red.”

With the game tied at 65-65 in the closing moments, senior Zach Bohannon made the night’s game-winning play. Bohannon, who finished with 10 points, shot-faked from the 3-point line and then drove to the basket and scored a lay-up in traffic with about 20 seconds remaining.

White had one final possession, but Dekker’s 3-point attempt from the wing wouldn’t go down, sealing the 67-65 count.

Saturday’s scrimmage also marked junior Josh Gasser’s return to the Kohl Center floor after missing last season with a knee injury. Gasser played 26 minutes and finished with 11 points and two assists, going 2-for-4 from 3-point range.

“It felt great to be out there,” Gasser said after the game. “I was surprised and humbled by the crowd’s reaction and it was a fun environment. I felt like I could have played another 26 minutes and I was happy to knock down a few shots and it didn’t hurt to get the win, either.”  

UW’s heralded freshman class also got its first taste of the Kohl Center crowd, and didn’t look out of place. Nigel Hayes scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds while Bronson Koenig scored five and dished out three assists and Vitto Brown posted four points and four rebounds.

“They aren’t bashful,” Ryan added. “Some of them had some pretty good dance moves there I thought. I think this is a great way of introducing these guys to the Kohl Center in a game-like situation.”

Wisconsin will host an exhibition contest against UW-Platteville on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

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