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Creighton too much for Wisconsin

Berggren had a career-high 27 points, but it wasn't enough as Creighton pulled out an 84-74 victory.

Looking to atone for an embarrassing loss to Florida in their first big test of the season, Wisconsin (4-2) showed improvement against No. 14 Creighton (5-0), but it wasn't enough as the Badgers fell 84-74 in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Creighton's Junior Forward Doug McDermott scored 30 points as the First-Team All-American was tough to handle all night for Wisconsin's defense. The Blue Jays torched the Badgers with 46.6 percent shooting from the field, including 88 percent (22-25) from the free throw line.

Wisconsin got a career-high 27 points from Junior Forward Jared Berggren, but it wasn't enough as the Badgers fell apart down the stretch. Led back by Berggren from a seven point deficit in the second half, Wisconsin would take the lead at 60-58 with just over eight minutes remaining.

From there however, it would be all Creighton as the Blue Jays went on an 18-4 run to blow the game open. The Badgers were also hurt badly by the three-point shooting of Creighton. The Blue Jays hit eight three-pointers, four of which came from the hands of Ethan Wragge. Time and time again, Wragge was left open and made the Badgers pay.

Also scoring in double figures for Wisconsin was Ryan Evans with 15 points (7-16) and George Marshall with 13 points (5-10).

Wisconsin will take on Arkansas tomorrow night in the third place game of the Las Vegas Invitational. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM CT.

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