Ban­ton helps WKU up­set Wis­con­sin

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Sports -

West­ern Ken­tucky rode a big per­for­mance from a fresh­man guard to an­other win over an AP Top 25 op­po­nent.

Dalano Ban­ton nearly had a triple-dou­ble and the Hill­top­pers caught fire in the sec­ond half to beat No. 15 Wis­con­sin 83-76 on Satur­day.

Ban­ton had eight points, 13 re­bounds and 10 as­sists, help­ing West­ern Ken­tucky beat a ranked foe for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

The Hill­top­pers up­set then-No. 13 West Vir­ginia in Novem­ber.

No. 15 Wis­con­sin

(10-3) vis­ited a mid­ma­jor school for the first time since the 2014-15 sea­son and couldn’t con­tend with the Hill­top­pers’ 67.8 per­cent shoot­ing in the sec­ond half.

“Sec­ond half specif­i­cally, West­ern Ken­tucky took ad­van­tage of a lot of our mis­takes and made us pay,” Wis­con­sin coach Greg Gard said. “I knew watch­ing them on film they were bet­ter than a 6-6 team. If you get some con­fi­dence and get go­ing, which we al­lowed them to do, they took ad­van­tage of it and that had a snow­ball ef­fect.”

Taveion Hollingsworth led West­ern Ken­tucky (7-6) with 22 points, and Charles Bassey had 19 points on 7-of-8 shoot­ing while mostly guarded by pre­sea­son All-Amer­i­can Ethan Happ.

Brad Dav­i­son led Wis­con­sin with 26 points, and Happ had 20 points and 12 re­bounds, al­though West­ern Ken­tucky out­worked the Badgers 38-31 on the glass. The Badgers were outscored 40-38 in the paint.

“Ev­ery­body con­trib­uted, ev­ery­one sat down on their man,” Hollingsworth

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