Dec 14, 2013 3:57 PM
Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball team led fourth ranked University of Wisconsin early, but the Badgers used a first half run to pull away in a 86-61 victory on Saturday.
A basket by Eric Stutz with 14:31 left in the opening half put the Colonels (7-4) in front 8-7. However, the Badgers (12-0) answered with a 21-3 run to take control. Free throws by Sam Dekker capped the run and gave the home team a 28-11 lead with 6:33 to go before halftime. EKU went nearly five minutes without scoring during the Wisconsin run.
Glenn Cosey had a game-best 21 points for Eastern. He made 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Orlando Williams scored 13 points off the bench.
Eastern Kentucky trailed by 19 at halftime. A three-pointer by Ben Brust with 17:29 left in the game extended the Wisconsin advantage to 22 and the home team led by 20 or more the rest of the way.
Four Badgers scored in double figures led by Brust with 20 points. He made 7-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Nigel Hayes scored 13 of his 17 at the free throw line. Dekker added 16 points.
Wisconsin shot 61 percent (26-of-43) from the field and 60 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range. The Colonels made 41 percent (24-for-58) of their shots. Wisconsin held a 33-20 rebounding advantage.
After playing four straight games on the road, the Colonels will return to McBrayer Arena to host North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, Eastern's first home game since Nov. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.