National Basketball Association
Wisconsin 81, California 56
When: 4:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 2, 2012
Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Officials: # Bo Boroski, # Mike Eades, # Ted Valentine
Attendance: 16596

Wisconsin 81, California 56:
Ben Brust scored a season-high 22 points and Jared Berggren added 18 points and eight rebounds as the host Badgers handed the Bears their first loss of the season.

Berggren’s free throw with 5:02 left in the first half capped a 12-0 run and put Wisconsin (5-3) ahead 31-12. Ryan Evans had 13 points and Sam Dekker added 10 for the Badgers, who shot 51.7 percent from the field.

Allen Crabbe paced California (6-1) with 25 points and seven rebounds, and Justin Cobbs had 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting. The Bears were outrebounded for the first time this season, 34-27.

Wisconsin bounced back from a rare home loss to Virginia last Wednesday by recording 16 steals and holding the Bears to 38.3 percent shooting. The Badgers led by 26 after Mike Bruesewitz’s 3-pointer with 10:56 remaining. Bruesewitz finished with eight points and as many rebounds.

California, which had won five of its first six games by double digits, committed 23 turnovers and set a season-low in points scored.

GAME NOTEBOOK: California was looking to start the season 7-0 for the first time since 1959. … The Badgers improved to 170-16 at the Kohl Center since Bo Ryan became coach in 2001-02. … The Bears entered the contest with 40 or more rebounds in each of their last four games.
Top Game Performances
California   Wisconsin
Allen Crabbe 25 Scoring Ben Brust 22
Brandon Smith 3 Assists Ben Brust 4
Allen Crabbe 7 Rebounds Jared Berggren 8
Allen Crabbe 7 Free Throws Made Jared Berggren 3
Justin Cobbs 2 Steals Mike Bruesewitz 5
David Kravish 1 Blocks Ryan Evans 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
California 56 38.3 3-9 17-26 7 27 2 11 23
Wisconsin 81 51.7 7-21 14-25 18 34 5 16 13