Ann Arbor, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker combined for 19 points and 16 rebounds in the first half as No. 21 Wisconsin pulled away early en route to a wire-to-wire 75-62 victory over No. 15 Michigan in Sunday’s Big Ten clash at Crisler Center.
Kaminsky finished with 25 points and 11 boards, Dekker added 15 points and nine boards and John Gasser had nine points as the Badgers (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) cruised to their fourth straight victory.
Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5) led by as many as 18 and never surrendered the lead despite a strong second-half surge by Michigan, which cut the deficit to three late in the game.
The Badgers made 26 of 58 shots for 44.8 percent while the Wolverines went 20-for-50 from the floor for 40 percent. Wisconsin also committed just two turnovers compared to the Wolverines’ nine.
Caris LeVert finished with a career-high 25 points, including 17 after halftime, but it wasn’t enough as the Wolverines dropped to 18-7 overall and 10-3 in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines now sit behind Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten by a half game. The Spartans host Nebraska later in the day.
Nik Stauskas added 11 points while Glenn Robinson III had 10 points for the Wolverines, who were limited to a season-low 19 points in the first half en route to their first home loss in Big Ten play.
The Badgers led by as many as 18 in the first half but the Wolverines cut the deficit to three after a 9-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer, a jumper and two free throws by LeVert along with a mid-range jump shot by Robinson.
However, Kaminsky scored seven straight points to push Wisconsin’s lead back to eight, 59-51, with 3:47 left, as Michigan could only respond with two foul shots from Stauskas.
Kaminsky and Gasser nailed two 3-pointers on the Badgers’ next two possessions to seal the victory.