Brust’s 25 points carry Badgers over Rebels

first_imgWith Jordan Taylor ice-cold and the Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels mounting a second-half comeback, Ben Brust continued his stunning emergence as a legitimate scoring threat off the bench.In Wisconsin’s (8-2) 62-51 win over the UNLV Rebels (8-2) Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center, Brust led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-9 shooting. The sophomore guard was a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range, tying a school record.On a night where Taylor, the team’s leading scorer with 12.4 points per game entering Saturday, scored just four points on 0-of-10 shooting from the field, Brust’s hot shooting effort was critical. With the Rebels focusing much of their attention on Taylor, Brust was frequently able to find soft spots on the court – especially beyond the 3-point arc.“We need to do a better job at contesting three-point shots,” UNLV head coach Dave Rice said. “That was one of the keys to this game – to make sure that we got to shooters. We did not do a good job of that. Even though [the Badgers] were 10-for-26 [on 3-pointers], we cannot allow one guy to take over the game the way Brust did.”As a team, Wisconsin shot 20 for 54 (37 percent) from the floor, a mark reflective of the team’s shooting struggles outside of Brust. Freshman forward Frank Kaminsky was the team’s second-most efficient shooter Saturday, sinking two of his four shots for five points. Forward Jared Berggren was second on the team with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting and forward Ryan Evans scored seven on 2-of-9 shooting.“Both teams were very stingy,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “You have to credit UNLV’s defense, they’re tough to score on.”The Badgers led by as many as 19 points at the 2:39 mark in the first half, but with no other UW player besides Brust scoring in double figures, UNLV was able to draw closer in the second half. Brust had made three of his four shots at halftime, including a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and Wisconsin led 36-23.UNLV narrowed UW’s lead to 10 points at the 13:45 mark, when forward Mike Moser got through the paint for an easy dunk. Brust’s first basket of the second half then came on a three-pointer 40 seconds later to boost Wisconsin’s lead to 44-31.“Ben was moving away from the ball and finding soft spots,” Ryan said. “He’s real good at that. He moves better away from the ball than anybody we have. As a result, he gets wide-open looks.”Saturday was Brust’s best shooting night since Nov. 26 against Brigham Young in the Chicago Invitational Challenge title game. Against the Cougars, Brust scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range. Since then, Brust didn’t score more than nine points in a game before Saturday.Brust now leads the Badgers with 12.6 points per game. Forward Jared Berggren is second with 11.8, and Taylor right falls right behind him with 11.6.“The past three games, a lot [of shots] felt good, they just weren’t going in,” Brust said. “You’ve got to have shooter’s amnesia and just let it go, keep firing and shoot out of it.”last_img read more

Egypt Stuns Ghana to Hit Q’finals

first_imgEgypt hit the front with 11 minutes on the clock. Following a foul on the edge of the area, Salah duly stepped up the spot with the Roma man drilling an unstoppable left-footed free-kick into the top corner of the net.The thunderbolt his second goal against the Black Stars in succession following his strike in Alexandria last year.On the half-hour mark, Héctor Cúper would have had his heart in his mouth when Essam El Hadary appeared to nurse an injury, but the veteran shot-stopper was okay to continue with the Pharaohs having already lost Ahmed El Shenawy to injury in this tournament.Ghana controlled possession, but the West Africans were lucky not to go a further goal down in the 39th minute. Black Stars goal-minder Brimah Razakplayed the ball straight to Marwan Mohsen, but the Al Ahly striker was unable to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.The Black Stars were dealt a major blow soon after with influential captain Asamoah Gyan forced off the field with an expected groin injury. The star forward clearly gutted as he left the field having hoped to net his 50th goal for country on the night.Daniel Amartey produced Ghana’s best chance of the half, but the Leicester City man was unable to direct his header on target having found a pocket of space at the back post. Egypt 1-0 up at the interval.Ghana continued to dominate proceedings after the break with Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu forcing El Hadary into a top save in the 68th minute.The Black Stars continued to probe and conjured one last change through Jordan Ayew in the 90th minute, but El Hadary held firm. The 44-year-old with an outstanding save to seal all three points for the seven-time champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A solitary strike from Mohamed Salah secured a 1-0 win for Egypt over Ghana in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations clash at the Stade de Port-Gentil in the Gabonese city of Port-Gentil yesterday evening.Victory secured the Egyptian’s passage to the next round as Group D winners with the Ghanaian’s joining their rivals in the quarterfinals – having finished in second spot above Mali and Uganda.The Pharaohs will as a result face North African rivals Morocco in the next round, while the Black Stars take on the Democratic Republic of Congo for a place in the final four.last_img read more