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Badger men overcome poor shooting to win at Nebraska
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The Wisconsin men's basketball team is 2-0 in the Big Ten after winning at Nebraska 47-41 on Sunday.

The Badgers overcame poor shooting for the second game in a row. They hit just 38-percent from the floor, and made only Three of 13 free throws.


Coach Bo Ryan said he'd be lying if he didn't feel lucky to be unbeaten in conference play. The Badgers and Cornhuskers played to a 19-all tie at the half.

The Badgers started playing a stronger inside game in the second half.

Wisconsin took the lead for good with 5:57 left when Ryan Evans muscled his way to the hoop, got fouled and converted a three-point play. Evans had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Jared Berggren scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half. He blocked three shots.

Badgers forward Mike Bruesewitz had a season-high 10 rebounds.

Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley each scored 12 for Nebraska, which started two freshmen, Benny Parker and Shavon Shields, for the first time in three years.

The Cornhuskers fell to 0-2 in the Big Ten and 9-6 overall.

Wisconsin is 11-4 with a five-game winning streak. The Badgers have held their opponents to under 60 points for nine straight contests. They will host 11th-ranked Illinois on Saturday.

Men's hockey team wins

Joel Rumpel recorded his second shutout of the season and the Wisconsin men's hockey team ran its unbeaten string to eight in a row, taking a 1-0 WCHA victory on the road at Alaska-Anchorage.

Derek Lee scored the games only goal at 2:56 of the second period. The win gives Wisconsin a weekend sweep of the two-game series against the Seawolves and moves the Badgers into a tie for seventh place.

Wisconsin's record is 6-7-5, including 4-5-5 in conference games. Eight games is the longest unbeaten string for the Badgers in seven seasons.

Wisconsin outshot Alaska in the defensive game, 22-12. The Badgers are on the road again next weekend, traveling to Mankato, Minn., for a series against the Minnesota State Mavericks, winners of 11 of their last 12 games.