Wisconsin (5-3) got a much needed victory over California (6-1) Sunday afternoon, knocking off the then undefeated Golden Bears 81-56.
Brust led Wiscosnin with 22 points in a win over California.
The Badgers shot an astounding 51.7 percent from the field. Four Badgers scored in double-figures, led Junior Guard Ben Brust who tallied 22 points on 9-for-13 (.409) shooting from the field, including a 3-for-6 (.500) effort from beyond the arc.
“When you shoot around 50 percent or a little better, there’s not as many to go get," Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan said. "So we shot the ball better, so that might have been a part of it. It’s about positioning. Sometimes it’s about the way the ball bounces.
"Some games some teams shoot flatter shots and there are longer rebounds. Some teams shoot softer shots, so (rebounds) are more around the basket. It isn’t a science, it’s an opportunistic part of the game.
"Every shot that’s taken is a loose ball, so how many do you get and how many does the other team get? Some nights you’re a little better than others.”
After a difficult loss to Virginia at home, Wisconsin got off to a great start in the first half against the Golden Bears. The Badgers used a 14-0 run during the first half to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 19-6 lead with 10:46 remaining. Wisconsin held Cal scoreless for a stretch of 4:33 during that run.
Wisconsin held the Golden Bears to a first-half season low of 24 points and a season low total of 56 points. Cal's leading scorer Justin Cobbs to just 11 points on 3-10 shooting.
“I thought we did a pretty good job of Cobbs, because he’s been scoring like crazy," said Ryan When you’re up 20-25 and a guy is firing 3’s from 28 feet, "I’m going to say, ‘We don’t go out there to foul those guys,’ but we did.
"I think we did a better job of sticking with our rules, making a guy make a jump shot rather than a layup or power move at the basket. They have two guys that can score on anyone in the country.”
Berggren chipped in with 18 points Sunday night.
Senior forward Jared Berggren scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting from the floor to finish in double figures for the fourth-straight game and the seventh time this season. He also added 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
After being out-rebounded and stifled by Virginia earlier this week, the Badgers took it personally, and aimed to correct it Sunday afternoon.
"You definitely take it personally when you get out-toughed," said Berggren. "With the Virginia game, that’s something that we never want to have happen, and that’s something that we can usually hang our hats on in this program is playing harder than people and being tougher than people and out-working guys.
"That’s something that we obviously got away from on Wednesday, and I don’t think we’ve done a great job in the early part of the season but I liked the fight in the guys today, we played a lot harder."