Dec. 10, 2011
BY CHARLIE HEALY
UW Athletic Communications
STAR OF THE GAME
When Ben Brust was on the court, he made sure his presence was known. Brust came off the bench and scored 25 points, including hitting all seven shots from beyond the arc. In 26 minutes on the court, the sophomore guard missed just one shot all game, going 8-9 from the floor and 2-2 at the free throw line. For the second time this season, Brust’s seven 3-pointers ties a school record for threes in a game.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Ben Brust might have hit seven threes, but the one Josh Gasser hit with 4:52 left in the first half earns the play of the day. Jordan Taylor came up with a steal in the UNLV back court and hurried the ball up the floor, where he found Gasser trailing in the secondary break. Gasser’s catch-and-shoot 3-pointer from the top of the arc capped Wisconsin’s 13-0 run and forced UNLV head coach Dave Rice to call UNLV’s third timeout of the half.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
After UNLV cut Wisconsin’s lead to 18-15 with 9:01 left in the first half, the Badgers embarked on a 13-0 run over the next 5:50. Four different Badgers recorded points, including 3-pointers by Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser and a three-point play from Ryan Evans. Wisconsin turned a three-point lead into a 31-15 lead and a deficit too big to overcome for the Runnin’ Rebels.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Badgers put the game away in the first half, in large part because of the 9-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. Wisconsin turned those nine rebounds into nine points and headed to the locker room with a 36-23 lead at halftime. The Badgers outrebounded UNLV 22-13 in the first half, setting momentum – and the game – in Wisconsin’s favor.