MADISON, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Frank Kaminsky had a school-record 43 points last night, as the Wisconsin men's basketball team beat North Dakota 103-to-85 in Madison. Kaminsky, a junior forward, made 16-of-19 from the floor. He went 6-for-6 from three-point range and hit 5-of-6 free throws as he broke the Wisconsin record of 42 points set by Michael Finley in 1994 and Ken Barnes in 1965.
It almost didn't happen. Coach Bo Ryan pulled Kaminsky with 4:37 left with the Badgers up by 16 -- and the student section booed. Several players encouraged Ryan to put Kaminsky back in for one more possession -- and only then did the coach realize Kaminsky was close to a record. Ryan said he allowed it because his father got upset when Ryan's college coach robbed him of the chance to set a scoring record when he played.
The 12th-ranked Badgers shot 59-percent as they improved to 4-and-0 on the young season. Wisconsin was up by 10 at the half, and 17 with just over 10 minutes to play. Sam Dekker added 19 points, as the Badgers went above the 100-mark for the first time since 1995.
Milwaukee native Troy Huff scored a career-high 37 for North Dakota. All but 11 of those points came in the first half. North Dakota dropped to 1-and-1. The Badgers will host Bowling Green tomorrow night.