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Wisconsin vs Brigham Young

Wisconsin wins Chicago Invitational

CBSSports.com wire reports

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Ben Brust has to think pretty far back to recall the last time he hoisted a championship trophy.

"I won a baseball championship (in middle school). It was an epic comeback," the sophomore guard said following Wisconsin 73-56 victory over Brigham Young Saturday night for the Chicago Invitational Challenge title. "So it feels good to get that monkey off my back,"

Brust made sure the Badgers weren't in the same boat this time, scoring a game-high 21 points as No. 11 Wisconsin improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1996-97.

"Teammates found me and I just knocked them down," said Brust, who hit 7 of 10 from beyond the arc, including five in the second half. "When you're open you've got to shoot it."

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Tournament MVP Jordan Taylor added 18 points, while Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren had 13 points apiece for Wisconsin. Forward Noah Hartsock paced the Cougars (4-2) with 18 points.

The teams were tied at 42 when Brust hit the first of his trio of 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that gave the Badgers a 53-42 lead with 8:47 to play.

Saturday's game was the first meeting between Wisconsin and BYU in nearly 80 years. The Badgers beat the Cougars 32-16 on Dec. 11, 1931, in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin made its first six shots -- including five 3-pointers from four different players -- on the way to an early 22-10 lead. Taylor had two 3s in the hot start.

But BYU took advantage of five missed Wisconsin shots and three turnovers to tie it at 24 on freshman Damarcus Harrison's 3-pointer at the 8:57 mark. The Cougars claimed their first lead at 28-26 on Stephen Rogers' fadeaway baseline jumper.

BYU's zone and some poor Badger decision-making contributed to that surge.

"It looked like some decisions we made with the ball were decisions that we're known for," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said.

The Badgers shot 51 percent (27 for 53) from the field, including 13 for 24 from 3-point range. BYU shot 43 percent (22 for 51) and went 1 for 10 from long range.

Until Saturday, no opponent had scored more than 50 points on Wisconsin.

Wisconsin and BYU both resume play Wednesday. The Badgers travel to top-ranked North Carolina, while the Cougars host Northern Arizona in the Lumberjack Classic.

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Wisconsin guard Ben Brust knocks down seven 3s in Wisconsin's victory over BYU. (AP)
Wisconsin guard Ben Brust knocks down seven 3s in Wisconsin's victory over BYU. (AP)
Wisconsin #11 (6-0) «343973
Brigham Young (4-2)322456
WI:B. Brust 21 Pts
WI:M. Bruesewitz 6 Reb
WI:J. Taylor 8 Ast
BYU:N. Hartsock 18 Pts
BYU:N. Hartsock 6 Reb
BYU:C. Cusick 4 Ast

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WisconsinBrigham Young
Ben Brust
Noah Hartsock
Wisconsin Badgers
J. Gasser, G391-60-01413
J. Taylor, G387-152-258118
M. Bruesewitz, F344-63-362213
R. Evans, G-F261-41-24213
J. Berggren, F-C256-90-051313
B. Brust, G267-110-041221
F. Kaminsky, F71-20-01102
R. Wilson, G-F10-00-00010
D. Fahey, G10-00-00000
E. Anderson, C10-00-01010
D. Dukan, F10-00-00000
T. Jackson, G10-00-00000
J. Smith, G10-00-00000
J. Wise, GDid Not Play
G. Marshall, GDid Not Play
Totals 27-536-727191273
Brigham Young Cougars
N. Hartsock, F397-144-461318
C. Abouo, G-F342-62-24236
B. Davies, F304-101-14129
B. Zylstra, G-F222-70-05014
A. Winder, G210-00-00300
C. Cusick, G201-10-01432
D. Harrison, G193-72-21019
S. Rogers, F123-60-02006
N. Martineau, G10-00-00000
J. Sharp, F10-00-01000
N. Austin, F-C10-02-20002
C. Collinsworth, FDid Not Play
M. Boswell, FDid Not Play
M. Carlino, GDid Not Play
I. Harward, F-CDid Not Play
A. Nelson, GDid Not Play
J. Sweeney, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 22-5111-1124111356
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.12-627-1123
Ohio St.11-724-1141
Penn St.4-1418-16108

West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys13-521-1068
San Diego8-1015-16157
San Fran.7-1114-18182
Santa Clara7-1114-18203
Other games
Florida St 76 Final
UConn 78
W Mich 58 Final
TXAM-CC 43 Final
Tx A&M 56
DU 59 Final
California 80
PORT 63 Final
Kentucky 87
NC 80 Final