Record Breaker Breaks Oregon

Senior Ben Brust waited until the wait moment to break the school's career 3-point mark, hitting the go-ahead shot with 1:07 remaining to give second-seed Wisconsin a lead it wouldn't relinquished in its third-round game against Oregon.

MILWAUKEE - Every incoming freshman dreams about being able to leave a legacy or break a record at their respective school, but very few accomplish that feat.

Senior Ben Brust, however, can now say that he sits on top of Wisconsin's record book as the all-time leader in career 3-point field goals, and No.228 couldn't have come at a better time.

With Wisconsin trailing 75-74, Brust's 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining put him past Tim Locum (1988-1991) in the record books and, most importantly, gave the Badgers the lead for good in their 85-77 victory over seventh-seed Oregon in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

"As soon as I let it go, I knew it was going down, which was a good feeling," Brust said.

Brust's three wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for his teammates. Brust's 3-pointer capped a possession where Wisconsin grabbed three offensive rebounds to keep the possession alive.

"Those types of plays win games," said Brust. "I have to give credit to my teammates because with out the offensive rebound and the pass I wouldn't be able to get the shot."

Brust had to sit with 4:16 remaining after picking up his fourth foul. He sat on the bench for almost three minutes, re-entering the game after Wisconsin called timeout at 1:26 following the second offensive rebound in the decisive series. With Brust sitting on the bench, he never felt like he lost his rhythm on offense, knowing he would be needed down the stretch.

"Coach told me to be ready," Brust said. "He wants to get me in whenever possible. I kind of had a feel of the rhythm out there and Trae found me and caught it and I knew it went in."

Jackson did admit that he considered taking the shot after driving to the free throw line, but knew what Brust was capable of.

"That's just a product of these guys and that we all generally care about each other," Brust said. "We know what everyone is capable of and shows the unselfishness of this team and we got the job done."

Freshman guard Bronson Koenig, who finished the game with five points, one assist and one rebound, knew it was a matter of time before Brust set the record.

"Ben's a great shooter" Koenig said. "He's probably the best shooter I've ever played with."

Brust was aware that he was slowly closing in on the record as he entered the game, but it never crossed his mind while he was playing.

"Naturally I kind of knew where I was but that's not a thought on your mind when you're playing," Brust said. "It's a very special moment for me."

Although the record is special, Brust knows he has another 40 minutes of basketball to play in Anaheim, California.

"It's special being able to get to the Sweet 16 and to break the record because I couldn't have done it without my teammates," Brust said. "I'm just proud to play with them and ready to keep going."


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