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

  • Truthteller

    WVU needs to say no to the money to lose and yes to winning games against ranked teams!!!!

  • Truthteller

    How much money did WVU make by taking a dive for the Little Ten?

  • WVAtty

    Like the energizer bunny ...

    Still moderating.

  • cutty77

    Huggs has a Great Young Team. They should finish in the Upper part of The Big 12 this year. Most of Huggs Teams at WVU do this,which is miss free throws at the beginning of the season,because there legs are not underneath them yet. At least this Team has some shooters on it.

  • pghmountaineer

    The real problem I see this year is similiar to last year and that is we can't seem to get any scoring from our bigs. I like Noreen's heart but he can't score more than 6 points a game on average. It's hard to rely on two guys all the time for your points.
    Hopefully that will change.

  • mark

    If any of our players are reading this, please do not get discouraged. You have the makings of a very good team, provided free throw shooting and rebounding improve. Once Macon and Holton are added to the mix, look out. Staten and Harris are as effective as any guard tandem in the country.

  • Big Larry

    Just Remember WVU got beat by a very good Wisconsin team...

    And yes the poor FT shooting hurt. Half of this game is ninety percent mental.

  • clair thompson

    One hundred free throws practiced a day will do little if any good if the form is wrong. If Jerry West would spend a week with them their percentage would jump fifteen to twenty five percent.

  • Chad

    Not bad for such a young team that hasn't been playing and practicing very long together. Wisconsin is seasoned team who has played a lot of games together. I didn't think Huggs had it in him anymore, my apologies Huggs. I admit when I made a mistake, however time will tell with the next couple of recruiting classes.

  • 5toldU1s

    The poor FT% felt like aberration, the rebounding a bit more like a problem. The inexperience of the front court is showing. I'll put Staten and Harris up against any back court in the game, though, and that's saying a lot.

  • rekterx

    Gonna be an up and down season. But overall, on average, this team should keep improving.

  • Mister Man

    We will improve. We'll, also, be up and down. Keep plugging Mountaineers. Good job against a very good team.

  • jeff

    they know the meaning of the word team

  • jeff

    They know the meaning of the word team.

  • Mister Man

    Keep improving, Mountaineers. Not a bad job.