Marquette beats Wisconsin 60-50
By: By Joe Digiovanni, Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin was making its run against Marquette, but Junior Cadougan made sure the Badgers wouldn't make a late comeback.
Cadougan scored 13 of his 18 points in the final 10 minutes and Vander Blue added 17 points to lead Marquette past rival Wisconsin 60-50 on Saturday night.
"He has unbelievable toughness," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said of Cadougan. "It just doesn't appear sexy because he's not a great athlete, he's not a great shooter."
Wisconsin (6-4) was outscored 36-10 in the paint, shot 33 percent and missed 14 of 23 free throws. Coach Bo Ryan said he was shocked his team shot so poorly.
"We had some real wide open looks," he said. "We actually had some good ball reversal, had some good looks, got it inside as I said and just didn't finish, or make the free throws."
Despite shooting poorly most of the game, Wisconsin scored 10 consecutive points to pull within 41-38 midway through the second half. That's when Cadougan took over the game and kept Marquette (6-2) in the lead.
"You have to keep hitting them and hitting them and hitting them until they fall down," Cadougan said of playing Wisconsin. "It was a tough fight."
Williams wore a black turtleneck in honor of Rick Majerus, who passed away last week. Majerus was 56-35 in three seasons at Marquette after being an assistant for 12 years under Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds. Services for Majerus were held Saturday morning at Gesu Church on Marquette's campus, a moment of silence was held for him before the game and the team will wear a patch in his honor the rest of the season.
"I wanted it to be as a tribute," Williams said of donning the turtleneck like Majerus had done for years. "Our kids are wearing the patch. What he's meant to basketball in general and what he's meant to the state, and the service that he gave our institution, that was the least I could do. Because we won I'm going to wear it again next Saturday."
Wisconsin and Marquette play annually, but Cadougan has only played in one game against the Badgers. He ruptured his Achilles' heel during his freshman year and missed the game, and was suspended for breaking team rules last year.
The senior point guard made seven of 10 shots, had six assists with only one turnover and grabbed four rebounds.
"That run when Junior (Cadougan) carried us, I thought it was as well as he's ever played," Williams said. "Junior has been through an unbelievable amount since he's been in Milwaukee. As a senior he had played a total of 23 minutes against Wisconsin prior to today. For him to respond the way he has in the second half, I'm really happy for him."
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.
"They made a number of plays and we couldn't get a stop when we needed it," Berggren said.
Davante Gardner scored 10 points off the bench for Marquette.
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.
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.