Wisconsin off to best start in nearly 100 years after beating Eastern Kentucky
MADISON (AP) -- Ben Brust scored 20 points to lead four Wisconsin players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Badgers beat Eastern Kentucky 86-61 on Saturday.
Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 17 points for the Badgers (12-0), who are off to the best start to a season since 1915-16 when they started 12-0 and finished 20-1. Sam Dekker added 16 points, while Frank Kaminsky shrugged off a right foot injury that hampered him this week to add 13.
Glenn Cosey scored 21 points to lead the Colonels (7-4), while Orlando Williams added 13.
The Badgers made a living on free throws and 3-pointers in a game that wasn't close after the opening minutes.
Wisconsin, which averages 21 free throws a game, went 25 of 33 from the free throw line -- led by Hayes going 13 of 17 -- as the undersized Colonels committed 26 fouls. The Badgers finished 9 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line with Brust making five, two short of his school record..
Wisconsin used a 10-0 run in the first half featuring two 3-pointers by Brust to take control early and then continued to gradually pull farther ahead of the Colonels.
The Badgers first got the lead to 20 points with just over 2 minutes left in the first half and to 30 just past midway through the second half on a layup by Hayes.
The Colonels, who start four guards and a forward, started the game at a physical disadvantage that was exacerbated by their early foul trouble.
Starting forward Eric Stutz was whistled for his second foul less than 8 minutes into the game. But coach Jeff Neubauer brought him back in after a brief rest only to see him whistled for his third a few minutes later.
In all, Eastern Kentucky committed 16 fouls in the first half with three starters whistled for at least two. Reserves Timmy Knipp and Jef Johnson both committed three in the first half. Things got marginally better in the second half but the Colonels were still whistled for 26 fouls overall, though no player ended up fouling out.
The Colonels, meanwhile, could get nothing going on offense until the game was well out of hand, shooting 33 percent in the first half.