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December 29, 2013

Badgers make quick work of tuneup

MADISON, Wis. — Sam Dekker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double as No. 4 Wisconsin cruised past Prairie View A&M, 80-43, on Saturday.

The Badgers (13-0) closed out their nonconference schedule with their best start since the 1913-14 squad went 15-0.

Ben Brust scored 11 for Wisconsin, while Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes added 10 points apiece.

Montrael Scott scored 14 to lead the Panthers (2-10), who finished 1-8 on a nine-game road swing.

Playing for the first time in two weeks, the Badgers were a little rusty from 3-point range. Averaging 40 percent coming in, they finishing 9 for 27 from beyond the arc. However, everything else was working as they dominated at the free-throw line and in rebounding while committing just two turnovers.

Prairie View went to a zone defense early, which helped slow down the Badgers somewhat.

Wisconsin was 21 of 28 from the line, compared to 3 of 4 for the Panthers, and outrebounded Prairie View 42-25. The Badgers also turned 16 offensive rebounds into 19 points.

No. 5 Michigan State 101, New Orleans 48

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help No. 5 Michigan State pull away and rout New Orleans 101-48 Saturday.

The Spartans (11-1) struggled for several minutes before taking control with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. They led 44-27 at halftime and easily added to their comfortable cushion in the second half, finishing with their highest-scoring game since beating Nebraska-Omaha 110-68 two years ago.

The Privateers (3-5) had won two straight, including its previous game at UTEP.

New Orleans’ Matt Derenbecker scored 16 and Cory Dixon had 11 points.

Gary Harris scored 19 on 7-of-17 shooting and Adreian Payne had 17 points for the Spartans in their final tuneup before beginning the Big Ten season Tuesday night at Penn State. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine had 10 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and six assists.

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