Wis-Milwaukee loses 64-50 to No. 10 Marquette

Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter knows better days are ahead
– especially when the Panthers make some shots.

Milwaukee went 4 of 28 on 3-pointers and lost to its cross-town
rival, No. 10 Marquette, for the 39th straight time, 64-50 on
Thursday night.

Milwaukee, from the Horizon League, shot just 25 percent in the
second half and 26.7 percent for the game. Tony Meier, the team’s
second-leading scorer (11.3 points per game) missed all 10 of his
shots, including nine 3-pointers, and finished with two points.

”I just have to believe that we’re going to make some shots,”
Jeter said. ”And I have to believe that some of the guys that were
running at us tonight, hopefully we don’t see those same type of
guys in our league. We do have some teams that are pretty
talented.”

Junior Cadougan tied his career high with 15 points and set a
career mark with seven rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Darius
Johnson-Odom and Davante Gardner added 12 points each for Marquette
(11-1), which was coming off its first loss of the season Monday at
LSU.

Ryan Allen led Milwaukee (9-4) with 16 points and a career-high
13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Kaylon Williams had 11
points.

Jeter called Allen’s performance ”spectacular.” Allen was a
bit more humble.

”It could have been anybody else,” he said. ”Just kept it
simple and not do anything out of the ordinary.”

Marquette’s 39-game winning streak against Milwaukee is the
second-longest involving two Division I teams. Syracuse has beaten
Colgate 45 straight times.

The series dates to 1917, and Marquette’s 75-72 victory last
season was the closest game in series history. This one also had
the look of a rivalry, with physical and sometimes sloppy play on
both ends. The teams combined for 41 fouls, including three
technicals.

”We’re pretty close with those guys,” Allen said. ”We were
out there just having fun. It was nothing more than that. It was
just playing basketball, and playing basketball that happens. You
kind of jar people a little bit.”

Gardner had three fouls in the half – two on one play, as he
followed a hard foul on an alley-oop attempt by Allen with a
technical for protesting the call. The play resulted in four free
throws for the Panthers and cut Marquette’s lead to 27-25.

The Golden Eagles took off from there.

Marquette used a 10-1 run spanning the first and second halves
to open a 37-26 lead. Jamil Wilson had six points during the spurt,
and Milwaukee went 7:28 without a basket.

The Panthers pulled to 45-38 with 8:46 left after two free
throws by Kyle Kelm. But Marquette used an 11-3 run over the next
4-plus minutes to seal it.

”I am not discouraged by the things I saw on this stat sheet
because I saw a team out there that really played hard,” Jeter
said. ”We made them play. Now, they did the same thing to us, too.
Just a couple more shots, and maybe we’re in a different position
down the stretch to have a little better result.”

Added Jeter: ”It’s an emotional game for both teams, and you
just hated to see it get ugly. You just want to see two teams play,
and we got back to playing basketball.”

Johnson-Odom, guarded by Allen, was off his game and the Golden
Eagles held off Milwaukee in the second half in large part without
him. Johnson-Odom picked up his fourth foul with 13:12 remaining,
tripping Williams 30 feet from the basket. He fouled out with 2:52
left.

Cadougan, however, picked up the slack.

”UWM was sagging off on me,” he said. ”They were just sitting
on my teammates so I just had to make something happen. I tried to
muscle my way in there. I tried to find the best available shot
that I could get. I guess my strength took me all the way to the
basket, and I made plays.”

That was the plan.

”It’s no secret that at Marquette, Junior’s job is to run the
team,” Jeter said. ”He does a great job of that. Tonight we
wanted him to be more of a scorer, and he did that.”

Ja’Rob McCallum, Milwaukee’s starting shooting guard, missed his
seventh straight game with a wrist injury. Marquette, playing its
third game in six days, faced its own adversity.

”Everybody is kind of beat up, tired legs, flying back late,
getting back early, working out,” Wilson said. ”Mentally, it’s
just wearing on us as much as physically.”