EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker scored 16 points apiece, leading No. 4 Wisconsin to an 81-58 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night.
The Badgers (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) made 12 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field overall. Duje Dukan had 14 points in Wisconsin’s seventh consecutive victory, and Nigel Hayes finished with 10 points.
Kaminsky also had 10 rebounds and six assists in his final game at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The senior forward, a native of nearby Lisle, Illinois, played on the same high school team as Northwestern point guard Dave Sobolewski. His mother, Mary, played volleyball for the Wildcats and his uncle, Jim Stack, is the fifth-leading scorer in Northwestern history with 1,583 points.
Dukan also has strong ties to the area. He was a prep star in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, and his father, Ivica, works in the Chicago Bulls’ scouting department.
Tre Demps scored 17 points for Northwestern (10-5, 1-1), which had won four in a row. Freshman Bryant McIntosh finished with 13 points.
This one got out of hand in a hurry, with Wisconsin picking apart Northwestern’s defense with smart passing and crisp long-range shooting. The Wildcats played man-to-man defense at the start, and then tried a zone, but the experienced Badgers had an answer for everything they tried to do.
Dekker made his first four 3-point attempts, including one with Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey right in his face with 10:28 left. The Wildcats and Badgers then traded layups before Traevon Jackson drove into the lane and kicked it out to Dukan for a 3 that made it 30-13 with 8:20 to go.
Josh Gasser’s 3 in the final minute sent Wisconsin to the locker room with a 43-21 lead. The Badgers shot 53.6 percent (15 for 28) in the first half, including an 8-for-15 start from 3-point range. The Wildcats missed their first seven 3-point attempts and shot 28.6 percent (8 for 28) in the first 20 minutes.
Wisconsin: The Badgers improved to 158-66 in the Big Ten under coach Bo Ryan, who matched Walter Meanwell for the most conference wins in school history. … Wisconsin has won its last five road games against Northwestern.
Northwestern: The Wildcats had limited opponents to 58.9 points per game. Wisconsin’s point total was the highest for a Northwestern opponent this season. … Northwestern split the season series with Wisconsin last year, losing 76-49 at home last Jan. 2 before winning 65-56 in Madison on Jan. 29. The Wildcats are at Wisconsin on Feb. 7.
Wisconsin hosts Purdue on Wednesday night.
Northwestern visits Michigan State next Sunday.
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