Dec. 7, 2011
BY BRIAN MASON
UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME
Even when he wasn’t scoring, Jordan Taylor was making his presence felt on the offensive end for Wisconsin. The senior guard struggled to a 1-for-8 start from the floor but had no trouble finding teammates who could score, dishing out a career-high 10 assists without committing a single turnover. Taylor turned up his offensive game late by hitting each of his last four shots from the floor -- including a 3-pointer deep in the shot clock -- to finish with a game-high 15 points.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Taylor started the night’s top play, but it was junior forward Mike Bruesewitz that finished it. With just under five minutes to play, Taylor swiped the ball from Green Bay’s Kam Cerroni on the Phoenix end for one of the Badgers’ eight steals on the night. He quickly turned up floor and fired a pass to a streaking Bruesewitz, who threw down a dunk off the breakaway to bump the Badgers’ lead to a 64-38 edge.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Wisconsin got out to an early 6-0 lead after Ben Brust and Rob Wilson splashed early 3-pointers, but it was when the Badgers got their inside game going that they began to pull away. Green Bay drew within a single point, at 12-11, near the midway point of the first half, but then Jared Berggren connected on a layup that began to turn the tide. His basket opened a 14-1 run that saw five UW players score on the interior over the next five minutes. Freshman Frank Kaminsky’s hoop with 4:01 to play in the half made it a 26-12 Badgers lead, and UW’s advantage never dipped below double digits again.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Badgers forced Green Bay into 16 turnovers -- the second-most by a UW opponent this year -- and converted those giveaways into a 21-0 edge in points off turnovers. Wisconsin finished with eight steals, including a career-high four by Berggren.