No. 10 Wisconsin’s balanced scoring and stellar foul shooting was too much for West Virginia in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge.

Sam Dekker’s career-high 21 points led four Badgers in double figures as the tournament favorites hung on for a 70-63 at the Riviera Maya.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for West Virginia (5-2), which got 27 points from Eron Harris and 16 from Juwan Staten but only two points from its other three starters.

BOXSCORE: Wisconsin 70, WVU 63

Ben Brust chipped in 16 points for Wisconsin (8-0), which also used Josh Gasser’s 11 points and Frank Kaminsky’s 10 to remain unbeaten. Decker had 12 rebounds as the Badgers out-rebounded WVU 37-27.

Foul shooting proved pivotal as Wisconsin made 15-of-17 free throws and WVU sank only 6-of-14.

Harris made 7-of-11 from 3-point range, part of West Virginia’s 54-percent shooting from deep. Remi Dibo was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, including a shot that drew WVU to within 50-46 with 10:23 left.

After Harris missed a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining and Wisconsin leading 64-58, Dekker came free on the right wing for a 3 that put the game out of reach.

Badgers point guard Traeveon Jackson, after reaching double figures in six of his team’s first seven games, was held to six points on 1-of-9 shooting. Yet he contributed 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists

Wisconsin led 30-13 after a 20-2 run spanned a seven-minute span in the first half. WVU made only 1-of-9 shots during the stretch while committing two turnovers, but Harris ended the slide with a 3-pointer and hit three more 3s over the final 3:37 of the half when the Mountaineers pulled within 39-31.

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Comments

  • don

    Definitely need to work on foul shooting. Missed 8, lost by 7. Could have been a big win. Overall though I feel very good about this team. Unlike the football team, these guys are getting better every game. They will win a lot of games this year. Complete turn around from last year.

    • Hap

      don, Tim C, leroy j gibbs, rick sockman, & Grant, Oh yeah foul shots......True, one can win with them sometimes.... Sorry but I feel the real problem WAS only two points from the front court!!!

  • derek

    Free throws and rebounding we get this under control watch out. just needs more PT time these kids will be alright. lets Go EERS!!!!!!

  • Greg

    To all you haters out there, I know you don't want to hear this, but I think Huggs is well on his way to "fixing it". To all Mountaineer fans near and far have a Happy Thanksgiving. To all you haters, not so much. :-)

  • JHT

    I am really happy with this team. Much different from last year's team. They appear to be a "team" this year. They very well could have won this game. Wisconsin is a really good team and will win a lot of games this year. The men will learn with every game. Keep scrapping EER's, more wins will come.

  • Jack

    Defense was good in the second half, but very poor in the first half. Wisconsin had way too many uncontested lay ups. Work on the free throws. This team shows a lot of promise and are fun to watch. I hope Huggs can recruit a couple of big strong guys to play in the post next year.

  • Tim C

    Huggs, 100 foul shots a day ain't enough. The boys played well and if they could make foul shots we would had a different outcome. Persevere fellas....you have the makings of a very good team, just stay focused and work on those FT's and rebounds.

  • Foxguy26554

    What a difference a year makes. Fun to watch and easy to cheer for.

  • leroy j gibbs

    They looked very competitive. 1000 foul shots a day fellas!

  • Bobby M

    GREAT! I take MY hat off to THE team!!!! Hang on cause I SEE it coming boys!

    Rumble!

  • Mustang Bullitt

    Way to represent WV!! Great effort, and can see the team coming together with each game played.

  • 4WVUinKY

    Good tourney guys. Rebounding and FT's will come. Stay focused...you are a very good team and represent our school and state very well. Go Mounties!

  • Habib Haddad

    Great measuring stick game for this young team. They seem to like one another and have good body language. I foresee an above 500 team in Big XII play.

  • rick sockman

    I see the making of possibly something great with this years team. Got to those foul shots boy's. Let's Goooooo!

    • Big Larry

      Something Great?

      • KYWVU

        Troll hard, son. Troll hard.

      • Carl White

        I thought there was hope for you Larry,obviously not....Still a grade A douche bottle.

        • Big Larry

          Sorry but No....

          • Carl White

            Oh well,too bad for you.I can go on with this douche bottle junk till they ban me.

  • tw eagle

    except for an 8 - 10 minute lapse in the first half , corrected by substitution , the Mounties
    were good defensively . . . making the free
    tosses and putting down the 3 - 5 footers
    needs a lot of work . . . had WVU pressured
    this team from the start , at least selectively ,
    and gotten the lead I believe they could have
    had an easy win . . .BUT , the team is learning , and the coach is learning what his
    team is made of and what they are capable of accomplishing . . . winning is the goal , but
    the real games begin in January . . .

  • Grant

    Wisconsin is HUGE! They will win a lot of games.

    If WVU hit their FT's, they had a shot at this one. The boys competed, moved the ball, and played good D. They just ran into a better team.

    • fuz

      big larry go jump off a clift .we don't need you as a wvu fan.