UNLV vs Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Brust too much for UNLV

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MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Brust admits he probably shouldn't have taken his last 3-point shot.

With Wisconsin leading UNLV by eight points and under three minutes left, the smart play might've been to run off some clock.

But the way Brust was shooting, who could blame him?

Brust came off the bench and hit all seven of his 3s, scoring a career-high 25 points as No. 14 Wisconsin beat UNLV 62-51.

"The past three games, a lot of them felt good. They just didn't go in," Brust said. "You've got to have shooters' amnesia and just shoot out of it."

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said the Badgers (8-2) understand that one of the easiest 3s to hit is off an offensive rebound with a quick kick out to an open shooter. But he said they're also supposed to take into account time and score in deciding whether to take the shot.

Ryan questioned the shot selection, but not the result.

"I think he does that in his sleep," Ryan said, making a shooting motion. "When he caught that, he was only thinking one thing."

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The performance snapped a shooting funk for Brust, who had hit just 3 of his last 13 3-pointers in the previous three games.

Against UNLV, Brust missed just one shot for the game. He was perfect from 3-point range, was 1 of 2 from inside the arc and made both of his free throws.

Coming in, the game looked like a matchup of a Rebels (9-2) offense averaging 83 points a game and a Wisconsin defense limiting opponents to just 44 points and shooting a shade less than 33 percent.

The Badgers' defense showed up as advertised. But Wisconsin also worked deep into the shot clock, helping to keep the Rebels out of their running attack.

UNLV finished with just five fast break points while Wisconsin had none.

"We didn't do a good job of execution on offense, and we lost a little bit of our defensive energy," UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

Ryan said the Badgers didn't intentionally try to slow down their offense. Rather, they took what UNLV gave them, and it wasn't much.

"Why would you take 15 seconds to throw up a bad shot when at 28 seconds you got a pretty decent one?" Ryan said. "We're going to take what the defense gives us, and that's not going to change."

Wisconsin grabbed control in the first half with a 13-0 run that gave the Badgers a 31-15 lead. They pushed their advantage to as many as 19 in the first half before the Rebels were able to cut it to 36-23 at half.

From there, UNLV couldn't get inside of double digits until just under 4 minutes left, when Justin Hawkins hit a wide open 3 from the corner to make it 57-49. It was the first time UNLV had been that been that close since 23-15 with 7 minutes left in the first half.

But Mike Moser missed a layup on UNLV's next possession, Brust hit a deep 3 after the Badgers grabbed the offensive rebound.

Chace Stanback scored 16 to lead UNLV.

Every time the Rebels appeared to have an opportunity in the second half to build some momentum, they seemed to either turn it over or take an ill-advised shot. More often than not, it seemed Wisconsin was able to capitalize on the other end with a big shot by Brust.

"I'm not pleased at all with our execution on either end of the floor," Rice said. "We regrouped at the half. We came out and we looked like we were supposed to in terms of our aggressiveness. There are no excuses. We've just got to play better and execute better. We've got to get tougher."

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Wisconsin guard Ben Brust has the hot hand, scoring a game- and career-high 25 points. (AP)
Wisconsin guard Ben Brust has the hot hand, scoring a game- and career-high 25 points. (AP)
UNLV (9-2)232851
Wisconsin #14 (8-2) «362662
UNLV:C. Stanback 16 Pts
UNLV:M. Moser 11 Reb
UNLV:O. Bellfield 3 Ast
WI:B. Brust 25 Pts
WI:M. Bruesewitz 10 Reb
WI:J. Taylor 6 Ast

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Chace Stanback
Ben Brust
UNLV Rebels
C. Stanback, G-F365-94-440316
O. Bellfield, G343-120-04327
B. Massamba, F-C271-13-63125
M. Moser, F272-70-011034
A. Marshall, G271-40-01232
J. Hawkins, G252-70-02115
C. Lopez, F133-43-41029
K. Wallace, G111-20-00113
Q. Thomas, FDid Not Play
R. Smith, GDid Not Play
B. Jones, GDid Not Play
K. Mashour, G-FDid Not Play
B. Cheaney, GDid Not Play
B. Glenn, CDid Not Play
W. Norman, GDid Not Play
Totals 18-4610-142681751
Wisconsin Badgers
J. Taylor, G390-104-51604
J. Gasser, G382-51-38116
M. Bruesewitz, F303-90-010126
R. Evans, G-F282-93-69317
J. Berggren, F-C233-72-21049
B. Brust, G268-92-210125
F. Kaminsky, F122-40-04125
R. Wilson, G-F20-10-00000
E. Anderson, C20-00-00000
D. Fahey, GDid Not Play
D. Dukan, FDid Not Play
J. Wise, GDid Not Play
T. Jackson, GDid Not Play
G. Marshall, GDid Not Play
J. Smith, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-5412-1834121162
Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Colorado St.13-524-1266
Boise St.12-620-1272
Fresno St.11-720-1376
New Mexico10-817-1486
San Diego St9-919-1498
San Jose St.7-1114-16191
Utah St.7-1114-17181
Air Force4-1412-21251

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Other games
HOW 48 Final
CREI 71 Final
St Joe's 80
Wash 80 Final
Cincinnati 53 Final
XAV 76
Okla St 68 Final
Ohio St 67 Final
Kansas 78
HARV 76 Final
BU 52
Frl Dksn 58 Final
Louisville 80
TROY 68 Final
Miss St 106
Michigan 90 Final
OAK 80
NAVY 59 Final
Missouri 84
Kentucky 72 Final
Indiana 73
G Wash 50 Final
Syracuse 85
LB St 78 Final
NC 84
ULM 54 Final
Tx A&M 67
GB 61 Final
MU 79
Mich St 74 Final