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Dekker Gets Badgers Back on Winning Track

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The Wisconsin Badgers (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten) are back on the winning track.

With a 75-63 Big Ten Conference win, UW managed their seventh consecutive win over conference foe, Illinois, Tuesday.

Their outside shooting had a lot to do with it. Particularly in the second half.

With 4:39 to go in the first half, guard Traevon Jackson hit a pair of free throws which tied the score at 23 all.

Sam Dekker, who checked-in after the Jackson free throws, took a feed from Ben Brust just a minute later and opportunistically knocked down a three to put Wisconsin up 27-24. UW never looked back.

Dekker finished the night with a team high 16 points, knocking down four shots from behind the arc. Brust had a big hand in the offense as he, too, poured in 16, also.

With 14 each from Josh Gasser and Nigel Hayes Wisconsin got back to the balanced offensive attack it’d been lacking.

The Badgers were also effective from the free throw line, and efficient in getting there. Wisconsin shot 81 percent of their free throws, going 21 for 26 to help salt things away.

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois (13-10, 2-8) with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Jackson had an impressive evening across the stat line as he filled up with his 14 points, added in seven rebounds and dished out three assists.

Frank Kaminsky, Jackson and Gasser gave Wisconsin the edge on the boards. Between them they had 22 of the Badgers’ 31 rebounds.

Wisconsin only had to go eight players deep, Tuesday. Off the bench Wisconsin got 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals from Bronson Koenig, Heyes and Duje Dukkan.

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Tags: Ben Brust Big Ten Basketball Frank Kaminsky Illinois Nigel Hayes Sam Dekker UW Wisconsin Badgers Basketball

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