Wisconsin again captures Badger State battle
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker scored a season-high 28 points
and Kammron Taylor added 13, as 11th-ranked Wisconsin earned a 70-66 victory
over No. 17 Marquette for Badger State bragging rights at the Bradley Center.
Marcus Landry chipped in 11 points for the Badgers (9-1), who played their
first true road game of the season and have won five in a row since a loss to
Missouri State in the South Padre Invitational.
Wisconsin has won two straight and seven of the last nine meetings with its
state rival. The road team won in this series for the first time since the
Badgers’ 52-47 triumph on December 23, 2000 in Milwaukee.
Dominic James scored 19 points and Jerel McNeal added 16 for Marquette (9-2),
which has lost two of its last three after opening the season with eight
A tight first half saw Wisconsin take a 28-25 lead to the intermission, and
the Badgers never trailed in the second half.
Landry’s layup with just over seven minutes remaining gave the Badgers their
largest lead at 51-40, but the Eagles clawed back and pulled within 55-49 on a
three-pointer by James.
Taylor and Tucker kept Wisconsin in front, but a steal and a layup by McNeal
with 1:40 to play allowed Marquette to draw within 62-58.
Tucker then sandwiched two tough drives around a free throw by James to give
the Badgers a 66-59 advantage with under a minute left, and Wisconsin made
enough free throws from there to seal the contest.
Only James’ three at the buzzer accounted for the close margin.
Marquette finished a dismal 3-of-18 from beyond the arc, while Wisconsin also
made only a trio of three-pointers but on just nine attempts.
The Eagles held a 7-6 lead early, but Wisconsin followed with a 13-5 run to
open a 19-12 advantage midway through the opening half. Tucker scored eight
during the burst.
Marquette responded with six of the next eight points to make it a 21-18 game
and pulled within one in the final minute before a jumper by Tucker sent the
Badgers into the break with a 28-25 edge.
Tucker finished the game 13-of-22 from the field. He has scored at least 20
points in five of his last seven games.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series 62-51 and has won all three meetings when
both teams are ranked in the top-25…The Badgers won despite committing 22
turnovers, but shot 50.9 percent and held a 40-34 rebounding edge…Wesley
Matthews made only 3-of-11 shots and had just nine points for Marquette, which
shot just 39.4 percent…The crowd of 19,020 marked the largest ever to see a
college basketball game in the state of Wisconsin.