Marquette Holds Off Rival Wisconsin, 60-50
Dec. 8, 2012
Marquette, coming off an 82-49 loss at No. 6 Florida on Nov. 29, led the entire game but wasn't able to shake the Badgers until the closing minutes.
No Wisconsin player scored in double digits with Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans each scoring nine points. Davante Gardner scored 10 points off the bench for Marquette (6-2).
Neither team had success with free throws. Marquette missed 10 of 17 and Wisconsin (6-4) missed 14 of 23.
Marquette dominated down low, outscoring the Badgers 36-10 in the paint. The Golden Eagles contested seemingly every inside shot by Wisconsin, which beat the Badgers for the second consecutive year.
Wisconsin pulled within 48-44 on Ryan Evans' jumper with 7:08 to go. Marquette then ran off seven consecutive points to pull away.
Jamil Wilson scored on a turn-around eight-foot shot with 5:41 left to start the decisive run. Cadougan then scored on a driving layup, was fouled and converted the three-point play.
Davante Gardner scored on an offensive rebound to make it 55-44 with 1:32 to go. Berggren and George Marshall hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull the Badgers within 55-50 with 40 seconds left.
Blue, who scored 15 of his points in the first half, then threw a full-court pass to Cadougan, who sprinted to the basket for the lay-up and the foul, converting the free throw for a 58-50 lead with 39 seconds to go.
The Golden Eagles held a double-digit lead for much of the second half, but Wisconsin ran off 10 consecutive points to pull within 41-38 on Berggren's baseline 3-pointer with 10:25 to go.
Berggren, who came into the game as Wisconsin's leading scorer at 14.9 points, was held scoreless during the first half and managed to get only one shot off and didn't make a basket until making a lay-in with just under 12 minutes left in the game. It was Wisconsin's final basket in the paint.
The Golden Eagles took a 7-0 lead to open the game and never trailed. Wisconsin missed eight of nine 3-pointers in the first half, but stayed in the game because Marquette missed eight of nine free throws.