Marquette drops to 5-4 with 70-64 loss at Wisconsin

A late rally came up short as Marquette dropped to 5-4 with a 70-64 loss in Madison Saturday afternoon.

Poor guard play hurt the Golden Eagles once again, as the starting guards combined for just three points.

Todd Mayo also missed the game for a violation of team rules.

Jamil Wilson led Marquette with 22 points. Davante Gardner and Chris Otule joined him in double figures with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Wilson hit a 3 with 2:09 left to cut the lead to three, but Frank Kaminsky answered on the other end to give Wisconsin a 60-54 lead with 1:35 left.

A pair of free throws from Traevon Jackson essentially iced it with 52 seconds left.

Wisconsin led 28-25 at the half, with Sam Dekker scoring 13 of those points. Gardner had nine in the half.

Ben Brust stretched the lead to eight in the second half with a 3 that led to a Marquette timeout. Jamil Wilson answered with a putback after a missed Derrick Wilson jumper.

Moments later, an alley oop from Dekker to Frank Kaminsky gave Wisconsin an eight-point lead again with 15:56 left.

Marquette seemed to lose every 50-50 opportunity and turned the ball over six times in the second half. Wisconsin tried to keep the Golden Eagles in the game by going just 7-of-26 from 3-point territory.

Dekker led the Badgers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. All five starters were in double digits for Wisconsin.

Marquette had an unthinkable seven assists in the game, all but one from Jamil Wilson. The Golden Eagles shot a respectable 42.4 percent from the field and were 11-14 from the free throw line. Wisconsin countered by shooting 40 percent from the field and 19-23 from the line.

Marquette has failed nearly every chance at earning a marquee non-conference win. New Mexico is the last chance Marquette will have to earn something resembling a solid win out of conference.

More to come.

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