MADISON, WI (WHBL) - The Wisconsin men’s basketball team handed California its first loss of the season, with an 81-56 rout in Madison on Sunday. The Badgers went up by 13 at halftime, with the help of two runs of 14-0 and 12-0. And the Badgers put together an 11-0 run early in the second half. Allen Crabbe opened the second by making two free throws that put the Golden Bears behind by 11 – and that’s the closest they would get. Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by Ben Brust with a season-high 22. Crabbe scored 25 for California, which fell to 6-1. The Badgers out-shot California 52 to 38 percent – and Wisconsin took advantage of 23 Bears’ turnovers, while committing just 13 themselves. But the biggest applause from the Kohl Center crowd was given to football coach Bret Bielema. He and running backs Montee Ball, James White, and Melvin Gordon hoisted their Big Ten trophy to the crowd during the first time out. Bo Ryan’s Badgers improved to 5-3, and will host Nebraska-Omaha Tuesday night.
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