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Wisconsin tops Bradley 81-62 in NIT


Wisconsin forward Steven Crowl (22) celebrates with teammates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Bradley in the first round of the NIT in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

(Samantha Madar

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Steven Crowl scored a career-high 36 points and Wisconsin cruised to an 81- 62 victory over Bradley on

Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.
Crowl buried 12 of 16 shots from the floor, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, and all seven of his free throws for the second-seeded Badgers, who advance to play No. 3 seed Liberty in the second round. Crowl, a junior, topped his previous high by 11 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Max Klesmit totaled 16 points and three steals, while Connor Essegian was 9 of 9 at the foul line and scored 14.

Rienk Mast scored 14 points to lead the Braves (25-10). Zek Montgomery added 12 points.

Crowl scored 19 points in the first half to guide the Badgers to 40-35 lead a halftime. Crowl scored 17 in the second half and Klesmit added 13 to help Wisconsin pull away.

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