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Wisconsin end skid with 75-63 win over Illinois
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Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser (21) tries to steal the ball from Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Rick Danzl)
February 4, 2014, 11:23 pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 16 points apiece Tuesday and Wisconsin ended a two-game losing streak with a 75-63 win at Illinois.

Traevon Jackson and Nigel Hayes had 14 each for Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten).

The loss extended the misery for Illinois (13-10, 2-8). The Illini have lost eight straight. That streak started with a 95-70 blowout by the Badgers in Madison on Jan. 8.

Wisconsin's biggest edge was from 3-point range. The Badgers were 10 of 23. Illinois was just 4 of 10 on 3-pointers.

Four of Wisconsin's 3-pointers were Dekker's. They included a pair over the final three minutes that kept the Illini at arm's length. The last of them made the score 66-57 with 2:38 to play and gave the Badgers a comfortable edge.

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 24 points and nine rebounds.

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