Marquette Falls to Rival No. 2 Wisconsin 49-38
Dec. 6, 2014
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Josh Gasser scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, 7-footer Frank Kaminsky added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Wisconsin managed a 49-38 win Saturday over Marquette.
The Badgers (8-1) shot 32 percent while contending with a 2-3 zone defense by the undersized Golden Eagles, who don't have a starter taller than 6-foot-7.
But Wisconsin looked sloppy at times in the second half, and Marquette (4-4) chipped away at a 10-point halftime deficit. Two foul shots by Sandy Cohen III with 8:57 left cut the lead to 35-33 to get upset-minded fans cheering at the Bradley Center.
Gasser steadied Wisconsin with a 3 on the next trip down the floor, and the Badgers fended off Marquette for their second straight victory in the in-state rivalry.
The Golden Eagles went 0 of 6 from the field with two turnovers in the next 6-plus minutes after Cohen's foul shots before Matt Carlino hit a 3. He followed with two foul shots to draw within 44-38 with 2:05 left.
But it was too much to overcome against the bigger Badgers.
Carlino finished with 18 points for Marquette, which hung around despite shooting 28 percent. The Golden Eagles were outrebounded 41-28, including 14-5 on the offensive end.
Yet Wisconsin looked out of sorts at times with the ball in the second half, settling for outside shots. The Badgers had built a steady advantage with 6-foot-8 Nigel Hayes working effectively in the high post in the first half.
Hayes finished with five points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Wisconsin: The reception for the Badgers was more hostile than in their last visit to Milwaukee, where the team won its first two games in last season's NCAA tournament run to the Final Four. ... Sam Dekker had just two points but added five offensive rebounds. He started after missing two days of practice with a lingering left ankle injury.
Marquette: The 6-7 Taylor had six points and five rebounds, while 6-6 Juan Anderson finished with 10 boards. They played solidly despite the size disadvantage against Wisconsin.
•Wisconsin extended its series lead over Marquette to 66-55.
•Marquette had a 7:11 scoring drought after a Steve Taylor, Jr., layup with 15:16 remaining in the opening half. Matt Carlino hit a 3-pointer with 8:05 left to put MU back on the board, at which point MU trailed 17-10.
•The 25-15 halftime score was the lowest half output of the season for each team.
•15 points in the first half marks MU’s lowest output in the first 20 minutes of a game since a 13-point effort at Cincinnati on Jan. 19, 2013. MU fell to the Bearcats 71-69 in overtime in that contest.
•Marquette came out of the locker room with a quick 7-0 run in the first three minutes of the second half to cut the Badgers lead to 25-22. Carlino’s layup in this span made him the first double-digit scorer of the game with 10 points.
•Following that run, the Badgers limited MU to just one point during the next 2:53 minutes until Carlino hit a layup. A Kamisky jumper and Dekker tip-in spurred a 7-3 run that allowed the Badgers to reclaim a 32-25 lead at the 12:58 mark.
•Consecutive three’s by Cohen III and Burton, followed by two free throws by Cohen III cut the Badgers lead to 35-33 at the 8:57 mark. This was the closest the game had been, until Gasser hit a corner three to extend UW’s lead to 38-33.
•Wisconsin closed the game on an 11-5 run keyed by a Kaminsky three and a pair of Koenig free throws.
•Carlino finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three.
•Kaminsky, who scored a team-high 15 points on 5-9 shooting, entered the matchup shooting 42 percent from three and had attempted at least three shots from deep in all but one game this season. Today, Kaminsky was limited to just 1 three point field goal overall coming with 47 seconds to play.
•Kaminsky also notched his fourth double-double of the season (15 pts, 10 rebs.)
•Gasser, who came into the game leading UW in three point percentage, hit a season-high four three pointers and tallied 12 points.
•The Golden Eagles, who entered the game with a -8.1 rebounding margin, lost the battle on the boards, 41-28.
•Marquette and Wisconsin both attempted nine free throws. Coming into today, the Badgers had shot 64 more free throws than their opponents and did not attempt free throws in the second half until the final minute.
•The Badgers assisted on 14 of 17 made baskets.
•Marquette’s Juan Anderson collected a career-high 10 rebounds.
•For only the second time this season, Wisconsin turned the ball over more than its opponent. The Golden Eagles committed 10 compared to the Badgers 11.
•Sophomore Luke Fischer, a 2013-14 midseason transfer from Indiana, will be eligible to play in his first game for the Golden Eagles on Tues., Dec. 16 when MU hosts Arizona State.
•Marquette’s point total of 38 is its lowest scoring output since losing 52-35 vs. Ohio State on Nov. 16, 2013. 49 points is also Wisconsin’s lowest output of the season.
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