Brust waxes hot after intermission, leads Wisconsin over No. 6 Michigan
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Junior guard Ben Brust waxed hot in the second half, scoring 11 of his 14 points, to lead No. 22 Wisconsin to a 68-59 upset victory over No. 6 Michigan Friday in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center.
Brust made three triples in the second half, including one that started a 10-0 blast that turned a 24-19 deficit into a 29-24 lead with 15 minutes to play.
After Brust’s triple, Jared Berggren scored back-to-back baskets before Frank Kaminsky capped the run with a triple from assist by Ryan Evans.
Later in the half, Brust buried his third triple to give the Badgers their biggest lead of the game, 56-45, six minutes remaining in the game.
Brust finished 4-for-7 from beyond the arc on top of eight boards while Traevon Jackson scored 16 for the Badgers, who tackle top seed Indiana Saturday in the semifinal.
Wisconsin also got significant contributions from Ryan Evans, who tallied 12 points, six boards and six dimes and eight points apiece from Mike Bruesewitz, Jared Berggren and Frank Kaminsky.
The Badgers had a poor start, making just five of their 29 attempts for a 17.2 percent clip, but bounced back in the second half with a 17-for-28 performance for 60.7 percent.
Trey Burke finished with 19 points on 8-for-22 shooting while Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points and nine boards for the Wolverines, who dropped to 0-2 all-time against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Wolverines limited the Badgers to just six point in the first 14 minutes of play and took a 16-6 lead behind a basket by Jon Horford.
The Badgers then outscored the Wolverines, 11-4, the rest of the first half to cut the lead to 20-17 at the break.