Kaminsky guides Wisconsin over Minnesota

Madison, WI ( - Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points with five rebounds to lead No. 5 Wisconsin to a 63-53 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Bronson Koenig added 17 points while Nigel Hayes added nine points and seven rebounds for the Badgers (25-1, 13-1 Big Ten), who have ripped off 10 straight wins since a loss at Rutgers on Jan. 11.

"Once you get to the middle and the end of the Big Ten season, every game is tough and physical," said Koenig. "I think we're playing okay. We still haven't put together a full 40 minutes of good basketball, but it's hard to do in this league."

Nate Mason, DeAndre Mathieu and Carlos Morris each posted 11 points for the Golden Gophers (16-12, 5-10), who have dropped their last three.

"Certainty, we lost to a really good team," said Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino. "That's about as good of a team in the country. They do a great job of not beating themselves, of not fouling and not turning the ball over. I thought our guys gave great energy today. I thought we were very positive and we didn't get down."

The Badgers used a 9-2 run early in the first half to open the game up a bit, as the team held a 20-13 lead after Sam Dekker put in a free throw with under 10 minutes to play.

Minnesota was able to keep it close over the next several minutes, but Wisconsin scored the final four points of the half to take a 35-27 lead into the break.

A 3-pointer from Josh Gasser four minutes into the second half gave Wisconsin its first-double digit advantage at 42-31, and a 12-4 run saw the team grab a 54-38 advantage when Dekker slammed the ball home with seven minutes remaining.

The Gophers used an 8-1 run to get it back into single-digits as Bakary Konate put in a layup with just over three minutes to play to make it a 55-46 game.

Kaminsky then made a pair of baskets between a Morris jumper, and Morris hit another basket to make it a 59-50 game with 1:40 to play.

Koenig then hit two from the line and Mathieu countered with a 3-pointer, but Koenig followed with two more free throws to put the game away.

Game Notes

Wisconsin plays at Maryland on Tuesday ... Minnesota plays at Michigan State on Thursday ... Morris missed Minnesota's lone free-throw attempt.