CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Traevon Jackson scored 16 points and Frank Kaminsky added 12 Tuesday and No. 10 Wisconsin blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesday’s finals of the Cancun Challenge.
Kaminsky 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 Billikens with 15 points, Austin McBroom had 14 and Dwayne Evans added 12.
Wisconsin opened the second half with a 6-2 run and led by 15, but Saint Louis, recharged by aggressive drives into the paint by Evans, surged to within 5. Jackson’s 10 points down the stretch helped keep the Billikens at bay.
Wisconsin beat Oral Roberts 76-67 Saturday and Saint Louis beat Bowling Green 74-47 to advance to the semifinals.