Wisconsin (4-2) trailed by as many as 13 to Arkansas (3-2) in the third-place game of the Las Vegas Invitational Saturday night, but rallied in the second half to knock off the Razorbacks 77-70.
Dekker scored a game-high 19 points for Wisconsin.
After heading into halftime down by 11, Wisconsin wasted little time in the second half getting back into the game. Back-to-back three-pointers by Ben Brust and Jared Berggren got the Badgers back within five, with not even two minutes gone in the second half.
Midway through the second half, Wisconsin would go on another rally, this time taking the lead. The charge was led by Freshman Forward Sam Dekker, who scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the second half.
Just over 12 minutes left, Dekker knocked in a deep three to tie the game at 45. The freshman was far from done as Dekker answered two Arkansas baskets, tying the game at 47 and then again at 49.
The Badgers took the lead for the first time in the second half on a three-pointer from Senior Forward Mike Bruesewitz. The teams traded baskets for a while until it was Dekker who struck Arkansas again.
The freshman drove the paint for a layup and the foul, giving Wisconsin a 61-58 lead, one they would not squander. The Badgers went 11-12 from the free throw line down the stretch to hold of Arkansas, escaping Las Vegas with a 77-70 victory.
It wasn't the most efficient game for the Badgers who turned the ball over 11 times and allowed 14 offensive rebounds by the Razorbacks, but a gritty performance nonetheless.
Next up for Wisconsin, the Badgers will host Virginia in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 6:00 PM CT.
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