Josh Gasser viewed Wednesday night as a success, even if the scoreboard didn’t make it appear that way.

Not only did the junior guard for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team play in a game after sitting out last season with a left knee injury, but the Badgers got some valuable experience during a 95-82 loss to Carleton University in an exhibition game in Ottawa.

Sophomore forward Sam Dekker scored 28 points to lead the Badgers in their first of five games during a weeklong trip. UW returns to action Thursday night at 6 p.m. against the University of Ottawa, a game that can be viewed online at

Junior guard Traevon Jackson added 19 points for the Badgers, who also got 14 points from junior center Frank Kaminsky and 10 from junior forward Duje Dukan.

Gasser, who missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and damaging the lateral collateral ligament and meniscus, finished with two points in 12 minutes.

“It was good to get up and down a little bit,” Gasser said during a telephone interview after the game. “I’m pretty rusty, I haven’t played in a while, and I was pretty tentative. I wasn’t trying anything fancy or spectacular. But it was good to be out there.”

Gasser said Carleton was “really good.” Philip Scrubb had 30 points and 12 assists to lead the Ravens, who improved to 3-0 against NCAA competition this summer.

Tyson Hinz added 25 points for Carleton, which shot 53.6 percent from the field and only committed six turnovers.Carleton, which has won nine of the last 11 Canadian national championships, used a 12-0 run late in the first half to build a 48-32 lead and took a 15-point into the halftime break after converting nine UW turnovers into 15 points. Even if the Ravens’ full-court pressure didn’t cause turnovers, Gasser said it took valuable time off the 24-second shot clock and left UW scrambling once it got the ball across half court.

“You can tell they’ve been playing together for a while,” Gasser said. “They were running their stuff real crisp and they had some great players, particularly their point guard (Scrubb). He was involved with every play offensively and made them go. They had five guys on the court who were scorers … and they were just really hard to defend.”

UW coach Bo Ryan started three guards — Jackson, Gasser and senior Ben Brust — along with Dekker and Kaminsky. Dekker scored 21 points after halftime and finished 9-for-13 from the field.

Ryan used 13 players in the first 10 minutes of the game. At one point, he had four freshmen — forwards Nigel Hayes and Vitto Brown, along with guards Bronson Koenig and Jordan Hill — on the court at the same time.

After the exhibition game was over, the teams played an additional 10-minute quarter to give young players some experience.

“Obviously, you’re trying to win the game,” Gasser said, “but at the same time it’s good to play some high-level competition and play with different guys on the court and get some experience that way.”

Wisconsin 36 46 — 82

Carleton 51 44 — 95

WISCONSIN — Brust 2-8 0-0 4, Jackson 7-12 3-4 19, Dekker 9-13 6-9 28, Gasser 1-2 0-1 2, Kaminsky 5-10 2-3 14, Marshall 1-3 0-0 2, Hayes 0-2 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Dukan 3-9, 3-4 10, Koenig 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 1-1 0-1 2, Showalter 0-2 0-0 0, Dearring 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 29-62 14-22 82.

CARLETON — Springer-Williams 3-5 1-2 8, T. Scrubb 3-7 0-0 7, P. Scrubb 12-21 3-3 30, Churchill 5-9 2-4 12, Hinz 9-19 5-6 29, Wood 3-4 0-0 7, Pierre-Charles 0-1 0-0 0, Razo 0-1 0-0 0, Bouchard 2-2 2-2, Maracle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-69 13-17 95.

3-point goals — W 10-26 (Dekker 4-6, Kaminsky 2-4, Jackson 2-4, Marshall 1-3, Dukan 1-4, Gasser 0-1, Brust 0-2, Showalter 0-2), C 8-18 (P. Scrubb 3-6, Hinz 2-5, Springer-Williams 1-1, Wood 1-2, T. Scrubb 1-3, Razo 0-1). Rebounds — W 37 (Dekker 7), C 34 (Hinz 10). Assists — W 13 (Jackson 4), C 18 (P. Scrubb 12); Total Fouls — W 18, C 21.

Jim Polzin covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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That box score is not correct. This is


Results of this game mean very little, either way.
And an adjustment to a 24 second shot clock is very tough for most US college teams, let alone a deliberate team like the UW. But this young team adjusted after just 1 half, to outscore CU 46-44 in the 2nd half.
Get CU down here, using our shot clock, and see how long it takes until the Badgers frustrate the Bejesus out of them, and then beat CU outright.
Just good to get the experience for the many young players on this team.
After more play and practice, this will pay dividends for this young team later on in the real season.


Bucky and a 24-second clock are not a good match. Bo's offense usually does not get serious in their sets until 30 seconds have elapsed. I hope this will not create problems down the road.

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