Crisler Arena had come to life and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, once in complete control of the game, could feel it slipping away.

Frank Kaminsky had a simple thought running through his head at the time.

“I don’t want to lose,” he said. “We had such a big lead the whole game, we didn’t want to let that get away from us.”

It didn’t, thanks in large part to Kaminsky. The junior center recorded his first career double-double, with 25 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the No. 21 Badgers to a 75-62 victory over No. 15 Michigan in a Big Ten Conference game Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore forward Sam Dekker scored 15 points and junior guard Josh Gasser had 13 points as UW (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 4-2 in conference road games.

The Badgers never trailed and led by as many as 18 points, but they needed a big finish from Kaminsky to hold off the Wolverines (18-7, 10-3).

Sophomore guard Caris LeVert scored 14 of his 25 points during a 23-10 run that helped Michigan turn a 16-point deficit into a one-possession game.

After LeVert made two free throws to cut UW’s lead to 52-49 with 6 minutes, 16 seconds remaining, Kaminsky took over. He scored the Badgers’ next seven points, including a three-point play that gave UW a 59-51 lead with 3:48 left.

Gasser made his third 3-pointer of the game to make it 62-51, and UW’s next possession ended with Kaminsky draining a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot-clock buzzer sounded.

Kaminsky finished with 10 points over the final 5:50.

“He got us through the tough part,” UW coach Bo Ryan said.

Ryan called Kaminsky “opportunistic” and said he “used his body as well as I’ve ever seen him on a consistent basis.”

Kaminsky was struggling with his confidence a few weeks ago, but Sunday he was demanding the ball and being assertive once he got it in his hands.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen him that aggressive,” Dekker said. “He played really well. He was saying, ‘Hey guys, keep finding me.’ We were running plays (to) get him in the high post and take it at them. His one-on-one game was really good today, and he was finishing strong.

“I think he realized he was 7-foot tall and he’s much closer to the hoop than the other guy. When he does that and things are feeling good, he looks good.”

UW finished with only two turnovers in 60 possessions, leading Michigan coach John Beilein to say the Badgers “really played a high-IQ game.”

Junior point guard Traevon Jackson missed five of the six shots he attempted, but he did his job as the Badgers’ floor general to finish with nine points, six assists and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

“He wasn’t making his shots, but he didn’t get down at all,” Gasser said. “People will look at that and (say), ‘He’s OK,’ but I thought he played great tonight. We needed it. Just taking care of the ball, getting everyone involved. Everyone was scoring, everyone was playing off each other, and that’s when we’re at our best.”