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Big Red Beat Down

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan didn't hold back when talking about his team's defensive performance against No. 10 Florida on Tuesday. Sunday night against Cornell, the No. 22 ranked Badgers couldn't have done it much better on that end of the floor.

Brust had a big game with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.

Wisconsin held Cornell to 26.2 percent shooting and forced the Big Red into 18 turnovers on their way to 70-43 victory.

“I thought that Wisconsin played really well tonight," Cornell Head Coach Bill Courtney said. "I was even a little surprised, as our players were at their size and how well they defended.

"They’re just a heck of a defensive ball club. They don’t allow you to get anything around the basket, and obviously they moved the ball very well tonight and made 3-point shots when they needed to.

"We made a little mini run in the first half, and they came back and hit three-straight 3’s. I think that kind of broke our backs a little bit right in the beginning of the game. Our team fought, but I think we were just a little out matched tonight."

Wisconsin got 18 points apiece from Senior Forward Jared Berggren and Junior Guard Ben Brust. As a team the Badgers shot 40.3 percent from field, while dishing out 18 assists.

It was a complete game for Brust, who brought in a game-high 12 rebounds and another game-high of four assists.

“I’m just sick of it because he’s stealing all my stats -- I’m kidding," Berggren said of Brust. "As long as we’re closing out the defensive possession, getting the ball, that’s what it takes. A defensive possession isn’t done until you come away with the ball, and he’s cleaning up, so it’s good.”

After Cornell scored the game’s first basket, the Badgers held the Big Red scoreless over the next 7:28 while going on a 14-0 run. Cornell missed 10 consecutive shots during the Badgers’ route.

As good as Wisconsin was offensively, the Badgers were even better on the glass. Wisconsin totaled 54 rebounds against Cornell, the most by a Badger team in Bo Ryan’s 12 seasons as head coach.

The Badgers outrebounded the Big Red 54-31, the plus-23 rebounding edge was the Badgers’ largest rebounding margin since out-rebounding Prairie View A&M by 35 boards (51-16) on Nov. 14, 2010 and ties as the fourth-largest rebounding advantage in the Ryan era.

Senior Ryan Evans finished with the third double-double of his career, scoring 12 points, adding 10 rebounds and tying his career high with 3 blocks. Evans has scored in double-figures 33 times in his career.

“Ryan is our top returning rebounder," Brust said. "So he’s definitely capable, and it was good to see him get his confidence up, knock down a couple shots, finish and then get some boards.

"It’s definitely something positive moving forward. We’ve got a long week ahead of us. We’ve got a game on Tuesday, and then we’re off to Vegas.”

The Badgers improved to 111-28 (.799) in non-conference home games under Ryan, including an 84-6 (.933) mark at the Kohl Center.

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