Beyond the Box: Wisconsin 73, Cornell 40 Sam Dekker's breakaway dunk steals Play of the Game honors
Ryan Evans had three of UW's nine blocks on the night.
Nov. 18, 2012
BY PATRICK HERB UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME For the second time in as many home games, junior Ben Brust earns Star of the Game honors, after posting his second double-double in as many home games. Brust, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana, tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds in his Kohl Center encore. Brust also added four assists on the evening. The Mudelein, Ill. native is now averaging 12.7 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds on the season.
PLAY OF THE GAME Freshman Sam Dekker brought the Kohl Center crowd to its feet midway through the first half with a tomahawk dunk in front of the Grateful Red student section. Dekker intercepted a perimeter pass and found himself with a clear lane to the bucket, hammering home the breakaway one-handed jam.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME After Cornell scored the opening basket Sunday evening, the Badgers answered with a massive run that had the Big Red playing catch-up all game. A short jumper from Jared Berggren tied the game at 2-2 and started a 14-0 Badgers run in which UW held Cornell scoreless over the next 7:28. Cornell would miss 10 consecutive shots during the Badgers' surge. When Devin Cherry finally put Cornell back on the scoreboard at 14-4, UW countered with another 9-0 run, moving ahead 23-4 just 11 minutes into the game.
STAT OF THE GAME 19 - As in, the Badgers turned Cornell away 19 times with 10 steals and nine blocks. Wisconsin forced Cornell into 18 turnovers, just four days after forcing Florida into 20 turnovers, and limited the Big Red to 40 points. UW's nine blocks were its most in two seasons and just three shy of the school's single-game record.