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Wisconsin devastates American 75-35 in NCAA opener Submitted: 03/20/2014
MILWAUKEE - Ben Brust scored 17 points and Wisconsin devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday before a friendly crowd in the NCAA tournament.

The second-seeded Badgers (27-7) recovered from a brief first-half rut and seven-point deficit to extinguish the dreams of the 15th-seeded Eagles (20-13), champions of the Patriot League.

Wisconsin will face Oregon in the third round.

After Wisconsin was ousted in the first round last year as a fifth seed, Brust made sure his senior season didn't end the same way. He attacked the glass for buckets on back-to-back possessions, ending with a 3-point play with 3:33 left in the first half to give Wisconsin a 23-20 lead.


The rout was on. The Badgers hit 57 percent in the second half.

John Schoof had 11 points for American.





Story By: Associated Press

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