Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Traevon Jackson scored 13 points to go with
seven rebounds and four assists to guide 20th-ranked Wisconsin to a 59-53 win
over No. 11 Florida on Tuesday.
Sam Dekker added 16 points and Ben Brust had 11 points, nine rebounds and
three assists for the Badgers (2-0), who improved to 91-7 against non-
conference opponents at Kohl Center under Bo Ryan.
Michael Frazier II scored a game-high 20 points and Casey Prather scored 12
points for the Gators (1-1), who shot just 40.4 percent (19-for-47) from the
After closing the first half on a 13-2 run, the Badgers kept their foot on the
gas and pushed their lead to double digits after Dekker split a pair of free
throws just over 5 1/2 minutes into the second half for a 42-32 lead.
Frazier canned one of his five treys with just over seven minutes to go to
pull Florida within five, 49-44, and a pair of Patric Young free throws made
it a one possession game with five minutes left.
Frank Kaminsky, though, buried a 3-ball from the left wing to make it 54-48.
Will Yeguete's jump hook with three minutes to go pulled Florida within four
After both sides split a pair of free throws, Young drew a foul and went to
the line with a chance to make it a two-point game. Young missed the first,
but knocked down his second try to make it a one possession game with 42 ticks
Jackson, who came through clutch for Wisconsin several times last season,
dribbled the clock down to 11 seconds before burying a jumper from the right
elbow that essentially sealed the win.
After Jacob Kurtz was blocked on the other end, Brust split a pair of free
throws to account for the final difference.
Florida raced out to a 16-4 lead following Frazier's triple just inside the
13-minute mark. Wisconsin, though, countered with a pair of 3-pointers of his
own to pull the Badgers within 16-10.
The teams traded buckets from there until Prather put the Gators on top
24-16 with 7:55 remaining in the first half.
A Dekker dunk sparked a 13-0 run to give Florida a 29-24 lead with 40 seconds
left in the half, and Yeguete finally stopped the bleeding with a pair
of free throws with 12 ticks to go, sending the Gators into the break trailing
Wisconsin has won 58 of its last 59 games when leading with five minutes
remaining ... Dekker, a sophomore, was one of 50 players named to the Wooden
Award watch list ... Wisconsin evened the all-time series at 2-2 ... Florida
scored 20 points off 13 Wisconsin turnovers.
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