It was the Ben Brust show in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, as the Wisconsin Badgers downed the Minnesota Golden Gophers 83-57 Friday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Brust came out firing on all cylinders and could not be stopped, hitting four three-pointers and going 8-for-15 from the field to score a game high and career high 29 points. He also was perfect from the charity stripe, hitting all nine of his free throw attempts. Brust also filled up the stat sheet by adding three steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Wisconsin as a team came out energized and ready to make a statement. The Badgers held on to the lead from start to finish, never letting the Gophers to get started out of the blocks. On both offense and defense, Wisconsin played a complete game.
The win also marks the 700th victory in Bo Ryan’s illustrious coaching career.
Two freshmen also shined for the Badgers Friday night. Both Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig saw significant playing time. Hayes scored 15 points while Koenig scored a career high 14 points in the victory.
Minnesota’s leading scorer Andre Hollins was held to just eight points, thanks in part to the stellar defense of Josh Gasser. Hollins did not score a point until 11:21 left in the game when he hit two free throws, and his first field goal did not come until 3:59 left to play. In fact, Andre and Austin Hollins, two of the Gophers top scorers, combined for 13 points on 3 of 20 shooting. Deandre Mathieu played a solid game for Minnesota, scoring a team high 18 points in the losing effort.
Wisconsin will play in the semi finals Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. CT. That game can be seen on CBS.