(Photo Credits: Sports Illustrated)
After a rough first half, the Wisconsin Badgers roared back against in state rival Marquette to win 93-84.
The Marquette Golden Eagles were lead by a really good first half by Katin Reinhardt who finished with 16 points going 4-7 on FG, 4-6 on 3PT and 4-5 on FT. Marquette’s leading scorer was Markus Howard with a career high 22 points and 3 rebounds, followed by Haanif Cheatham with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Marquette was harmed by the play of Sam Hauser who had 19 points in each of his last 2 contests, in this one he sat out the majority of the game because of foul trouble and his foul trouble resulted in him fouling out of the game with a total of 0 points. Obviously any scoring from him would’ve changed the out look of this game, but the lack of scoring from Jajuan Johnson and no scoring from Hauser really took a toll on the Marquette offense.
Much like Marquette, Wisconsin had a key high scorer in foul trouble relatively early. Ethan Happ sat out most of the 1st half after 2 personal fouls and scored all of his 11 points in the 2nd half. Unlike Marquette, Wisconsin had all of his starters in double digits including Khalil Iverson off the bench with 16 points. The Badgers were led by guard Bronson Koenig with 18 points then Nigel Hayes with 17 and 9, one rebound short of a double-double. Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter chipped in with 15 and 11 as starters. All of the Badgers saw a bit of foul trouble as they had 3 of the 5 starters finish with 3 fouls, then one with 4 and one with 2.
The Badgers will next play yet another in state battle game against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay this Wednesday. UW has 2 more non-conference games (UWGB and Florida A&M) before they start conference play with Rutgers on the 27th.
Up next for Marquette is St.Francis (PA), SIU Edwardsville and Georgetown before they go on the road vs Seton Hall Jan. 1st.