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.”