No. 11 Marquette Tops Wisconsin 81-76
Dec. 8, 2007
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dominic James scored 20 points and No. 11 Marquette ended Wisconsin's 28-home game winning streak with an 81-76 victory on Saturday.
With the win, Marquette (6-1) put a halt to Wisconsin's recent dominance in the state's biggest basketball rivalry and ended the Badgers' home streak that was the third-longest in Division I.
Wisconsin (6-2) had won seven of the previous nine meetings between the schools, and had not lost at home to Marquette since 1997.
Brian Butch scored 17 points and Trevon Hughes added 16 for the Badgers, who are 97-6 at the Kohl Center under coach Bo Ryan.
Despite a profound size advantage over the Golden Eagles, no Badger had more than five rebounds. Marquette outrebounded Wisconsin 41-34, including 21-16 on the offensive end.
The rivalry nearly boiled over early in the second half, as James and Hughes went jaw-to-jaw after a foul by James at the Badgers' offensive end.
Wisconsin center Joe Krabbenhoft stepped in between the two as Marquette assistant coaches restrained bench players to keep them from joining the confrontation.
Wisconsin was leading 50-46 at the time, but Marquette went on an 8-2 run to take a 54-52 lead on a turnaround jumper by McNeal.
Marquette maintained the lead while Golden Eagles coach Tom Crean rested James for nearly three minutes down the stretch, and the guard returned to the court with 5:35 remaining and Marquette leading 64-62.
James was called for traveling right away, and Hughes hit a jump shot to tie the game at 64.
James came back with a jump shot, kicking off a 7-1 Marquette run that included a three-point play by Ousmane Barro and a jumper by McNeal that put it ahead 71-65 with 2:32 remaining.
Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three, but Marquette's Lazar Hayward answered with an inside basket. The teams traded free throws, and Marquette held off the Badgers over the final 1:27.
Wesley Matthews then grabbed an offensive rebound just as the Marquette shot clock expired with 34 seconds left, and hit two free throws to put Marquette ahead 77-70.