State Basketball News: Milwaukee gets a big road win over Miami
MIAMI - The Milwaukee Bucks picked up a signature road win at Miami last night, 91-82.
The Bucks led by five at the half and two going into the final period. They built the lead up to seven on a three-pointer by Brandon Jennings with 5:39 left, and they hung on from there. The Bucks played solid defense as they forced 22 turnovers and held the Heat to 37-percent shooting. Milwaukee only shot 35-percent in winning back-to-back road games after losing its first eight away from home.
Coach Scott Skiles said the Bucks quote, "looked much more like ourselves defensively ... and if we keep that up, we'll be fine." The Heat scored 25 points less than their season average coming in. LeBron James had 28 and Chris Bosh 23. Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade missed his fourth straight game for Miami with a sprained ankle. Jennings had 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists. And Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and six boards off the bench. Miami ended a three-game winning streak, and dropped to 11-and-5 overall. James said the Heat was tired after playing four games in six nights, and two in less than 24 hours. The Bucks improved to 6-9, and will host Atlanta tonight.
Jordan Taylor scored seven points in the final 32-point-one seconds yesterday to give the Wisconsin men a 67-63 win at Illinois. The 22nd-ranked Fighting Illini dropped out of first place in the Big Ten Conference. And the Badgers ended 10 straight road losses to nationally-ranked teams, which dated back three seasons. The game was tied at 26 at the break, and it stayed close throughout the second half before Taylor took over in the final minute. The senior point guard hit a jumper with 32-point-one ticks remaining to put the Badgers up by five. Taylor then hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 22-and-a-half seconds. He led all scorers with 19 points and had nine rebounds and five assists without a turnover. Jared Berggren scored five points in the final four-and-a-half minutes and finished with 18. Four Illinois players scored in double figures, led by Meyers Leonard with 16. The Illini droped to 4-3 in the Big Ten and 15-5 overall. Wisconsin improved to 5-3 in the conference and 16-5 overall. They'll host Indiana on Thursday night.
The UW-Milwaukee men dropped out of first place in the Horizon League, after getting crushed yesterday at Cleveland State 83-57. The Panthers never led, as they were outshot by the Vikings 63-to-35 percent. Milwaukee cut a 13-point deficit down to eight at the break. But Cleveland State pulled away with a 13-0 run early in the second half. Six Vikings scored in double figures, led by Trevon Harmon with 15. Cleveland State improved to 7-2 in the Horizon League and 17-and-4 overall. James Haarsma scored 15 for UW-Milwaukee, which committed 15 turnovers as it fell to 6-3 in the conference and 13-8 overall. The Panthers will host Butler on Thursday night.
The UW-Green Bay men got pounded at Youngstown State yesterday, 77-47. The Penguins ended five straight losses to Green Bay. Youngstown State improved to 11-and-8 overall, and it reached 11 wins faster than any season since 2001 when it started 11-7. The Penguins had an 18-to-nothing advantage in scoring off turnovers. Green Bay committed 16 miscues. All but three of them were steals. And the Phoenix were outshot 47-to-39 percent. Four Penguins scored in double figures, led by Blake Allen with 16. Youngstown State hit 50-percent of its three-pointers, while Green Bay was just 2-of-9 from beyond-the-arc. The Penguins improved to 6-3 in the Horizon League. Green Bay dropped to 3-and-6 in the conference and 7-12 overall. They'll host Valparaiso on Thursday night.
The University of Wisconsin women scored a season-high yesterday as they creamed Northwestern 75-55 in Madison. Anya Covington had a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, as the Badgers won their first Big Ten home game and improved to 2-and-5 in conference play. The Badgers went up by 17 at the break. Northwestern got to within 12 with just over 11 minutes left. But Wisconsin then pulled away with an 11-0 run. Morgan Paige hit six three-pointers as she scored 20 for the Badgers, who improved to 6-13 overall. Dannielle Diamant had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Northwestern, which fell to 2-5 in the Big Ten and 12-8 overall. The Badgers will play at Minnesota on Thursday night.