PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Wisconsin used a strong second half to beat Oklahoma 69-56 and win the Battle 4 Atlantis championship at Imperial Arena, in the Bahamas on Friday.
After taking a slight 34-33 lead into the halftime break, the No. 2 Badgers outscored the Sooners 35-23 in the second half en route to their tournament winning outing.
Frank Kaminsky, selected as the tournament MVP, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the way for Wisconsin (7-0), which stayed undefeated on the season.
Duje Dukan continued his impressive role off the Badgers’ bench with 13 points and six rebounds, while making 3-of-5 from three-pointers — including back-to-back buckets towards the end of the first half.
Traevon Jackson also scored 13 points and dished out eight assists and three steals, while Sam Dekker scored 11 points and Nigel Hayes finished with 10 points and seven boards in the win for Wisconsin, who will now prepare for the home clash with No. 4 Duke on Wednesday.
“I’ve been pretty fortunate over my career having players who understand the points-per-possession, because we do it every day at practice,” said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.
“They understand that there’s not a trip up and down the floor where we’re not trying to do the right thing.
“And I think our guys stay in the moment at practice, which then kind of goes over into the games.”
Dinjiyl Walker was the only Oklahoma (4-2) player in double figures and he scored 10 points.
Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield each scored nine-points, while four other Sooners players had six points each in the championship defeat.
Coming out of the interval, both teams were primed for another close half, but a dominating 16-2 run by Wisconsin blew the contest wide open and setup their victory.
Elsewhere on Friday, Perry Ellis grabbed a 24 point and 13 rebound double-double and Cliff Alexander added 16 points off the bench to lead the No. 11 Kansas (4-1) to a 82-67 win over Tennessee in one of the Orlando Classic semifinals.
Josh Richardson had 16 points and Kevin Punter added 14 for Tennessee (2-2).