Nov. 11, 2012
BY PATRICK HERB
UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME
Ben Brust played the role of sixth man last season, averaging 7.3 points off the UW bench. Moved into the starting lineup in the 2012-13 season opener, Brust shined in the new role and earned Star of the Game honors in Sunday’s 87-47 win over Southeastern Louisiana. The junior guard tallied 14 points and ripped down a career-high 11 rebounds (five offensive), while adding three assists and two steals. Brust was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range, scoring five early points as UW raced to a 19-0 lead in the opening minutes.
A tip of the cap to Jared Berggren and his game-high 19 points and to Mike Bruesewitz, who returned from a grisly leg injury, scoring 10 points and bringing an emotional lift off the bench.
PLAY OF THE GAME
In a 40-point blowout, there were lots of offensive highlights from the Badgers, but we’re picking Mike Bruesewitz’s first 3-pointer of the afternoon as our Play of the Game. Bruesewitz areturned to practice just two days earlier after missing a month with a lacerated leg and his status for Sunday was a game-time decision. So when the mop-topped senior checked into the game and nailed his first shot moments later, the Kohl Center roared with delight. It also didn’t hurt that “Bruiser’s” trey put UW ahead 29-5.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
This might sound brash, but the turning point of Sunday’s game was probably the opening tip. Wisconsin controlled the tip and freshman George Marshall buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key 13 seconds later. The score was never close after that. UW’s lead would swell to 19-0 before Southeastern Louisiana scored.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Badgers owned a 24-6 advantage on second-chance points thanks to pulling in 19 offensive rebounds. Wisconsin had a big size advantage over the Lions and exploited it on the offensive glass. That also contributed to UW posting a 40-16 cushion in terms of points in the paint.