Brust's hot shooting leads Badgers over Panthers

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By Jeff Potrykus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, December 12, 2013

MADISON--Challenging Ben Brust to a game of HORSE, particularly from 3-point range, can be a foolish endeavor.

Brust’s marksmanship in the first 20 minutes of play Wednesday night at the Kohl Center illustrated why.

Wisconsin’s senior guard hit his first six shots—four of them 3-pointers—as No. 4 UW built a 20-point halftime lead and remained unbeaten with a 78-52 victory over UW-Milwaukee in front of an announced crowd of 16,987.

“Ben is one of those guys that can get hot real quick,” sophomore forward Sam Dekker said. “He can change the whole complexion of a game because he is such a sharp-shooter when he gets hot, you better watch out.

“He hit those first few shots and we said we’ve got to keep feeding him, find the guy that’s grooving at that time.”

Brust, who has hit seven 3-pointers twice at UW, hit 4 of 4 3-pointers and 6 of 6 shots overall in the first half to help UW build a 45-25 lead. He finished with 18 points.

He entered the night shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range and finished 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and 7 of 13 overall. His first miss was 58 seconds into the second half.

“I don’t know where that went in the second half,” Brust deadpanned when asked about his hot shooting early. “It would have been nice to keep that rhythm …

“Just a product of having some good offense—driving, kicking and finding guys.”

Junior forward Frank Kaminsky added 16 points for UW, which hit 9 of 13 3-pointers (69.2 percent) in the opening half but only 1 of 13 (7.7) after halftime.

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