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CANCUN, Mexico -- Its the upperclassmen who know Wisconsin coach Bo Ryans system best. Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Four juniors figured prominently in the win that has kicked undefeated Wisconsin (7-0) off to its best start of the Ryan era. The Badgers have not opened the season with seven consecutive wins since starting 11-0 in 1993-94. "The upper classmen have done a great job of passing on the system so to speak," Ryan said Tuesday. Juniors Traevon Jackson scored 16 points and Frank Kaminsky added 12 Tuesday in a game that saw the Badgers execute Ryans trademark disciplined defence and heads-up offence. Some stellar individual performances helped, too. Kaminsky grabbed eight rebounds and had four blocks that helped the unbeaten Badgers (7-0) to a 20-15 halftime lead. Jackson stepped up to help squash a second-half run by Saint Louis (5-1) that made it a 5-point game with 1:10 to play. Robe Loe led the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference champion Billikens with 15 points, Austin McBroom had 14 and Dwayne Evans added 12. Blocked shots and early fouls by Saint Louis were factors in the first half, where the lead changed hands five times until 5:42, when Kaminsky blocked McBrooms layup attempt and Bronson Koenig made a 3-pointer to give the Badgers a 20-15 lead. Kaminsky had four of the Badgers seven blocks in the period. The 7-foot-tall Kaminsky also drew Saint Louis 10th team foul of the period, putting Wisconsin in the double bonus, and the Badgers converted five free throws in the final three minutes. Saint Louis finished with 25 personal fouls to 17 for Wisconsin. The Billikens tried to rally on a layup and dunk by Loe, but Wisconsin juniors Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan responded with layups of their own to make it 31-23 at the half. Saint Louis shot 31.3 per cent from the field in the period compared with Wisconsins 47.6 per cent. Wisconsin opened the second half on a 6-2 run that included two layups by Kaminsky, forcing a Saint Louis timeout, then shot five more unanswered points for a 40-25 lead at 14:05, their largest lead of the game. But then Evans, benched in the first period after committing three fouls, re-entered the game and recharged the Saint Louis offence, driving into the paint and drawing fouls to score four free throws and a layup in a little over a minute to make it a 10-point game at 9:56. Jordair Jett scored a jumper, then had a chance to make it a 6-point game, but missed the free throws and Wisconsin withstood the Saint Louis burst, extending their lead to 50-38 with 5:16 to play on a layup by Dekker and a Kaminsky jumper. But Saint Louis rallied again, with Dekker accidentally tipping in a shot by Evans, and Loe hitting a jumper and a free throw to make 5-point game with 1:10, to go. But the Billikens turned it over and Jackson hit two free throws to make it 58-51. Loe and McBroom hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Saint Louis, but the Badgers held off the run, with Jackson scoring 10 points in the final 3 minutes. Jackson led all scorers with 7 free throws on 7-of-10 shooting. Kaminsky scored a Wisconsin single-game record 43 points against North Dakota on Nov. 19 and ranks among the Big Ten Conferences top 10 in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. Wisconsin beat Oral Roberts 76-67 Saturday and Saint Louis beat Bowling Green 74-47 to advance to the semifinals. Christian McCaffrey Jersey .C. -- Eric Staal kept his focus after his apparent breakaway goal was waived off early in the third period. Curtis Samuel Jersey . - Houston defensive end J. http://www.shoppanthersonline.us/customized/ . Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth place and the final Europa League berth, after Inter beat 10-man Parma 2-0. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba led the way as Juventus stayed on course for a third consecutive title with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Bologna. Greg Olsen Youth Jersey . The Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal sustained minor damage during the protests, but demonstrators stayed away on Sunday and officials said the stadium passed its first test, with only minor adjustments needed going forward. Sam Mills Jersey . Sopoaga hit the upright with his first shot at goal from 15 metres. He then kicked nine goals in succession -- two conversions and seven penalties -- before being replaced in the 62nd minute, three points short of the Highlanders record for most points in a match.SHANGHAI, China -- The only three Americans in the 78-man field were easy to find Thursday in the BMW Masters. Just look at the top of the leaderboard. Luke Guthrie packed a 2-litre bottle of Mountain Dew and flew halfway around the world for one week, hopeful he would at least broaden his experience by playing golf on foreign soil. He got more than he expected. The 23-year-old American took 19 putts -- one short of the European Tour record -- chipped in twice and had a 7-under 65. Not only did Guthrie have a three-shot lead, his score was more than 9.67 shots better than the course average. "It was one of the better rounds Ive ever played," Guthrie said. Even more surprising was the guy right behind him -- John Daly, playing for the first time since surgery in July to repair the torn tendon in his right elbow. After a strict rehabilitation of icing the elbow and drinking enough chocolate milk to put on 15 pounds, Daly navigated the 30 mph wind at Lake Malaren without a bogey for a 68. "I gained a little bit of weight, but when you take 15 or 16 weeks off, youre going to," Daly said. His mother once told him that Vitamin D milk was cure for any ailment. Adding the chocolate was Dalys idea. Another shot back was Peter Uihlein, the only American who didnt seem out of place at this European Tour event in Shanghai. Uihlein already has won on the European Tour this year, was runner-up twice and is 10th on the money list. He hasnt forgotten his New England roots. Uihlein watched the Boston Red Sox take a 3-0 lead in the World Series before he headed to the practice range, and perhaps it was no coincidence that upon learning of the 8-1 win, Uihlein played 5-under the rest of the way for a 69. "Its a good day," he said. Uihlein ended it with an exquisite flop shot from behind the 18th green in which he let the wind hold it up in the air, and used the slope to bring it back to tap-in range. The biggest surprise was the wind, which ripped across Lake Malaren all day and made the greens particularly fast, firm and crispy. Only 13 players managed to break par, a group that included Graeme McDowell (70) and Rory McIlroy (71). "Ive never witnessed wind like this in China," McIlroy said. Everything was new to Guthrie, who played in California and Las Vegas the last two weeks to start the new 2013-14 season on the PGA Tour. It makes little sense for him to travel all the way to China for one week before returning to America to play two more PGA Tour events. But after his debut at the British Open this year -- a missed cut -- Guthrie was determined to expand his horizons. He flew from Las Vegas to Shanghai, arriving Tuesday and never leaving the hotel.dddddddddddd. He shook off the jet lag during the pro-am on Wednesday, and he produced a score that no one imagined on such a blustery day. Guthrie drinks Mountain Dew to a fault, and he couldnt find any in Scotland. He brought his own stash to Shanghai, which makes him a quick study. "This is my first time over in China and Asia, and I just wanted to challenge myself to come travel abroad and get used to this, and just keep gaining experiences and get better at becoming a global player," he said. "And its nice to get off to a good start today." More important than the caffeine-laced soda was his short game. Guthrie had about a 25-foot putt on the 10th hole when he realized it was the longest putt he had faced all day. And then he realized he had one-putted every green on the front nine. What skewed the statistics was his three-hole stretch in the middle of the back nine that built some separation -- a routine up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 13th, pitching a 25-yard shot over the bunker and into the cup for an unlikely birdie on the 14th, and then using the wind to hold up a flop shot from beyond the green at the par-5 15th. Once it landed, the ball ran toward the cup like a putt and dropped for eagle. "The leader is 7-under, level par is 14th. That kind of sums it up, really," McDowell said. "Luke Guthrie is obviously a hell of a player. I dont know a lot about him except that hes good. And that was a great performance from him. Another windy day ahead tomorrow, so its just a case of trying to jockey for position." The BMW Masters is the first of four tournaments called "The Final Series," all with at least $7 million in prize money as European Tour members make their way to Dubai for the end of the season. McDowell is trying to chase down Henrik Stenson in the Race to Dubai. Stenson, who played with McDowell and McIlroy, opened with a 72. Paul Casey, Thongchai Jaidee and Wales Open winner Gregory Bourdy were among those at 70. McIlroy had a pair of three-putt bogeys -- one of them from 10 feet early in the round -- but was pleased with his play from tee-to-green. McDowell said he was looking like "the Rory McIlroy of 2011, 2012," alluding to when the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland won two majors, each by eight shots. "Its a bit ominous," he said of the ease in McIlroys swing. Coming off a tie for second in South Korea last week, McIlroy was pleased with the quality of his golf, and with his position. "It could have been better," he said. "But on a day like today, its just good to keep yourself there, or thereabouts." ' ' '
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