MADISON, Wis. – North Dakota senior Troy Huff scored a career-high 37 points in his return to his native state, but Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky exceeded that output with a school-record 43 points to lead the 12th-ranked Badgers to a 103-85 victory on Tuesday at the Kohl Center.
UND (1-1) did not have an answer early on for the Badgers’ sharp-shooting, 7-footer, who went 7-for-8 from the floor and drilled all four of his 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes. His efforts helped stake stake Wisconsin (4-0) to a 55-45 advantage at the half.
Kaminsky had a new-career by halftime, tossing in 21 points despite sitting out the final four minutes in foul trouble.
Huff, who was playing in front of dozens of friends and family, would not let his squad get too far behind providing a long-distance display of his own. He also did not let coming off the bench play a factor as head coach Brian Jones used a completely different lineup from the one that defeated Minnesota Morris in the season opener.
The Milwaukee native scored the final 11 points of the half for the visitors and his fourth 3-pointer of the stanza cut what was once a 15-point deficit down to six with just over a minute to play. He finished the half with 26 points, which were two more than he had in a road win at Eastern Washington last season when he had his previous career-high of 34.
Unfortunately, the Badgers would score the final four points of the half to extend their advantage back to double figures.
Kaminsky hit another 3-pointer early on the second half and the home team never let UND get back within single digits in a contest that saw both teams shoot better than 50 percent from the floor.
Kaminsky scored the school-record basket in the closing minutes as the home crowd of 16,653 started to chant “Frank the Tank”. All-Big Ten performer Sam Dekker added 19 points for the Badgers, who finished with a 59.4 percent clip from the floor and 60 percent effort from 3-point range.
Huff and company shot well from the floor too, connecting on 54.5 percent. Huff, who finished with a career-high 15 field goals, and classmate Jaron Nash combined for seven 3-pointers in the contest.
Nash finished with a career-high 19 points, while Aaron Anderson finished with 11 points. Both of those players also came off the bench as UND’s reserves outscored the Badgers 69-9.
Huff led all players with nine rebounds as the teams were even in that category with 31 apiece. The only real advantage Wisconsin held in the contest was at the foul line where the Badgers went 21-for-29, while UND made only six of 12 attempts.
Huff and Anderson were members on the 2010-11 UND team that lost by 32 to the Badgers and scored only 53 points in that contest.
UND will now turn its attention to rival North Dakota State. The Bison visit the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Sunday for a 5 p.m. tilt.
GAME NOTES: Senior Troy Huff’s 37 points were a new career-high and so were his 15 made field goals … Huff’s previous career-high was a 34-point effort at Eastern Washington as a junior … The last time UND had a player score 37 points was in 2003 when Jerome Beasley reached that figure in a loss to St. Cloud State … Huff came off the bench in this contest just like he did as a freshman when had 21 points against the Badgers ... UND is averaging 98 points through two games this season ... The 85 points scored were the second most against a Bo Ryan-coached Wisconsin team at the Kohl Center in his 12-plus seasons at the school.
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