Bears Handed First Loss in Rout to Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Ben Brust (1) shoots against California’s Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Brust had a team-high 22 points in Wisconsin’s 81-56 win. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

There was really no contest in this game between the Bears and the Badgers, as Cal suffered its first loss of the season in a 81-56 rout on the road in Wisconsin.

Ben Brust led the Badgers with 22 points, while Allen Crabbe was the only player who had a decent game for the Bears, putting in 25. Justin Cobbs had arguably his worst game of the season, as he was 3-10 from the field and committed seven turnovers.

Wisconsin had spurts of 14-0 and 12-0 in the first half, and led by 13 at the break. In one stretch of 4:35, the Bears turned the ball over five times and were held scoreless (h/t AP).

The second half, needless to say, was not much better. The Badgers opened on an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 20+ points. A dunk by Jared Berggren gave Wisconsin their largest advantage at 73-44 late in the half.

Cal was dominated in every aspect of the game, hence the blowout. They shot a meager 38 percent from the field as opposed to 51 percent for the Badgers, and committed 23 turnovers to the Badgers’ 13. It was also hard to believe that the Bears had just seven total assists in the entire game, a sign of frustrating and lack of teamwork.

The Bears are now 5-1 on the year and will travel home to prepare for UNLV next Sunday.

Topics: Cal Bears, California Bears Basketball, California Golden Bears Basketball, NCAA, Wisconsin Badgers, Wisconsin Badgers Basketaball

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