Huff hits record

North Dakota falls to Wisconsin, Huff collects career scoring record with 37 points.

Troy Huff holds the basketball last season. File photo.

UND fell to Wisconsin 103-85 Tuesday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. — but Troy Huff rose to a career high, scoring 37 of the team’s points.

“It felt surreal,” Huff said. “Some of those shots that were going in, I didn’t even think they would.”

Huff and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky both scored career high points in the contest, Kaminsky capturing his school’s record of 43 points.

Kaminsky went 7-for-8 from the floor and drilled all four of his 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes. His efforts helped stake Wisconsin to a 55-45 advantage at the half.

Huff, a Milwaukee, Wisc., native, played in front of a dozen of his friends and family. He battled to not let his squad get too far behind, providing a long-distance display of his own. He scored the final 11 points of the first half for the Green and White and cut what was once a 15-point deficit down to six with just over a minute to play.

The Badgers would score the final four points of the half to extend their advantage back to double figures going into halftime.

Wisconsin came out firing in the second half and never let UND back within single digits in a contest that saw both teams shoot better than 50 percent from the floor.

Kaminsky scored the school-record basket in the closing minutes, as the home crowd of 16,653.

UND shot well from the floor in the matchup, connecting on 54.5 percent. Huff finished with a career-high 15 field goals, and teammate Jaron Nash combined for seven 3-pointers in the contest.

Huff led all players with nine rebounds as the teams were even in that category, with 31 apiece. The only real advantage Wisconsin held in the contest was at the foul line, where the Badgers went 21-for-29. UND made only six of 12 attempts.

“We had a chance but there were just too many lapses of guys forgetting what they needed to do,” UND coach Brian Jones said.

UND will prepare to face cross-state rival, North Dakota State University on Sunday. Tip is set for 5 p.m. in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Allison Moore is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected].