The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 29, 2013

Badgers make quick work of tuneup

The Associated Press
The Commercial-News

---- — 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.

Michigan 88, Holy Cross 66

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Glenn Robinson III scored a career-best 23 points Saturday night and Michigan finished its preconference schedule with an 88-66 victory over Holy Cross.

Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert each added 16 for the Wolverines (8-4), who won their second straight and pushed their winning streak over unranked opponents at Crisler Center to 20 games.

The Crusaders (6-6) stayed close for much of the first half but Michigan pulled away by outscoring its guests 11-4 in the final four minutes and led 42-30 at intermission.

Dave Dudzinski scored 17 points and Justin Burrell added 14 for Holy Cross, which has lost three of its last four games.

The Wolverines were 16 for 27 from the floor in the first half but Holy Cross stayed on their heels by making four 3-pointers and turning the ball over only twice.

Cincinnati 74, Nebraska 59

CINCINNATI — Justin Jackson had his third straight double-double, and Cincinnati used its free-throw shooting and defense to overcome a poor shooting game by top scorer Sean Kilpatrick on Saturday, pulling away to a 74-59 victory over Nebraska.

The Bearcats (11-2) have won four in a row since back-to-back losses to New Mexico and Xavier.

Jackson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Freshman Kevin Johnson had a career-high 11 points, all in the first half as Cincinnati pulled ahead to stay.

Kilpatrick, who averages 18.9 points per game, went 2 of 13 from the field and missed all of his five shots from behind the arc. He drew fouls and went 17 of 18 from the line. Cincinnati was 25 of 30 overall on free throws.

Terran Petteway scored 22 points and Ray Gallegos matched his season high with 18 points for Nebraska (8-4).

Minnesota 65, Texas A&M-CC 44

MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 18 points and Austin Hollins added 13 as Minnesota finished non-conference play with a 65-44 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday night.

Minnesota (11-2) went on an 18-2 run early in the first half, and remained in control despite stretches of sloppy play. The Gophers shot 12 of 22 from the line and 37 percent from the field.

Jeff Beverly led the Islanders (3-10) with 10 points and Rashawn Thomas added eight. Leading scorer John Jordan was held to five points on 2-of-7 shooting. Corpus Christi turned the ball over 18 times, shot 35 percent and made just one of 15 3-pointers.

The Islanders trimmed Minnesota’s lead to nine on two different occasions and trailed 32-21 at halftime.

The Gophers opened the second half on a 17-3 run and led 45-22 with 13:33 left to play after an Andre Hollins four-point play.