Playing for the first time since Dec. 13, the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers were sloppy, but eventually settled in to pull out a 68-56 win over the California Golden Bears in Berkeley.
Sophomore Nigel Hayes tallied his third double-double of the season, tallying 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Badgers. Hayes entered the night averaging 11.7 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.
Wisconsin improved to 22-5 away from home over the last two seasons and the Badgers ended the Golden Bears 17-game winning streak in non-conference home games.
Frank Kaminsky added 14 points and eight rebounds. Sam Dekker added 14 points and six rebounds and Josh Gasser and Bronson Koenig added seven points each.
Wisconsin entered the game shooting 71% at the free throw line, but hit 17 of 18 against the Golden Bears (10-2).
The Badgers (11-1) return home to host Buffalo on Sunday night (7pm).