Crowder's 21 Points Leads Marquette Past Green Bay, 79-61

Todd Mayo dunks in the second half of MU's 79-61 win over Green Bay at the Bradley Center.

Dec. 10, 2011

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jae Crowder had 21 points and seven rebounds, and No. 11 Marquette had little trouble with Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday night, beating the Phoenix 79-61.

Marquette (9-0) won easily despite dressing just eight players due to injuries. Starting center Chris Otule (knee), and reserves Juan Anderson (shoulder) and Jamil Wilson (ankle) all watched in street clothes.

It was another strong game for Crowder, who hit a 3-pointer with less than 7 seconds left to beat Washington 79-77 on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-8 senior made 7 of 12 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and had three steals and two blocks.

It was the second consecutive blowout loss for Green Bay (4-6), which was beaten by Wisconsin 70-42 on Wednesday night.

The Phoenix couldn't contend with Marquette's defense, committing 25 turnovers that led to 34 points for the Golden Eagles.

Sophomores Vander Blue and Davante Gardner each scored 14 points and had seven rebounds for Marquette. Freshman Todd Mayo and leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom added 10 points apiece.

Alec Brown, Green Bay's 7-foot-1 sophomore center, had a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Phoenix. Terry Johnson had 10 points for Green Bay.

Green Bay had trouble shooting against the athletic Golden Eagles, making only 41 percent of its shots.

The Golden Eagles never trailed, using a 12-2 run to start the game and another 12-2 run to open the second half.

After leading 32-23 at halftime, Crowder scored five points in the first 47 seconds of the second half.

Brennan Cougill scored on a layup for Green Bay, but Gardner scored five consecutive points and Blue scored on a thunderous dunk to give Marquette a 44-25 lead with 17:30 left.

The Phoenix never got within single digits again.

Marquette came out strong with each starter scoring a basket, including Johnson-Odom's driving layup that gave the Golden Eagles a 10-2 lead with 16:56 left in the first half. Blue then scored to make it 12-2 and Marquette never was seriously threatened.

Green Bay is coached by Brian Wardle, who played at Marquette from 1997-2001 and is the team's seventh-leading scorer with 1,690 points. Phoenix assistant Brian Barone was a teammate's of Wardle's at Marquette.

Marquette has final exams in the next week, so the team doesn't play again until Dec. 17 when it hosts Northern Colorado.

The Golden Eagles are not sure how long their injured players will be missing. Otule, a 6-foot-11 junior center, suffered an injured anterior cruciate ligament in the team's 79-77 victory over Washington in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City on Tuesday night.

Anderson suffered a shoulder injury in practice on Thursday and is expected to miss two to four weeks. Wilson injured his ankle during Friday's practice.

Green Bay hosts Michigan Tech on Tuesday night.




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