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College basketball: No. 14 Wisconsin cruises past Rutgers

College basketball: No. 14 Wisconsin cruises past Rutgers

Nigel Hayes scored 20 points, Zak Showalter added 18 and No. 14 Wisconsin used an active start on the defensive end to build an early lead and defeat Rutgers, 72-52, on Tuesday night. 

Hayes scored 12 points in the first half, when the Badgers (12-2) opened with a 16-4 run over the first 12 minutes to take control in both team's Big Ten opener. 

Wisconsin needed the cushion after the Scarlet Knights (11-3) rallied from a 20-point deficit with 14 minutes left. 

Rutgers forced turnovers and went on a 3-point shooting spree, hitting five from behind the arc in a five-minute stretch capped by Nigel Johnson's three-pointer with 8:19 left to get to within...

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