No. 17 Wisconsin stifles Northwestern, 69-41

Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 12 points, and No. 19 Wisconsin shut down Northwestern 69-41 on Wednesday night for its fifth win in six games. The balanced Badgers (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) had five players with at least eight points and held the Wildcats to 29-percent shooting during a very businesslike performance.

Brust, who missed the last two days of practice with a sore left knee, and Berggren also had eight rebounds apiece as Wisconsin enjoyed a 47-22 edge on the boards.

Reggie Hearn scored 13 for Northwestern (13-14, 4-10), which has dropped four in a row and six of seven.

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FINAL: No. 17 Wisconsin’s defense shut down Northwestern, as the Badgers defeated the Wildcats 69-41 on Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Wisconsin (19-8) held Northwestern (13-14) to 30 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 32 defensive rebounds, while only allowing five offensive rebounds. Jared Berggren boosted the Badgers, with 12 points, eight rebounds, and 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Sam Dekker shot 4-of-5 from the field and scored 10 points for Wisconsin, which hit 48 percent from the field (23-of-48). The Badgers, who grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, also got a double-digit game from Ben Brust (12 points). Dave Sobolewski had eight points, hauled in five rebounds, and dished out four assists for the Wildcats in the loss.

HALFTIME: Traevon Jackson and Jared Berggren combined for a successful first half as No. 19 Wisconsin leads 28-12 over Northwestern. Jackson scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and had three assists, while Berggren added eight points and six rebounds. Wisconsin never trailed and led by as many as 16 points. It also held Northwestern to 20 percent from the field. The Badgers have been effective inside, making 9-of-15 two-point field goals, but have hit only 2-of-11 from three-point range. After already giving up 11 offensive rebounds to Wisconsin, Northwestern will have to keep the Badgers off the boards in the second half.

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