State Basketball Roundup: Badger men crush Cornell
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team crushed Cornell last night, 73-40 at the Kohl Center.
Cornell only made one of its first 11 shots, and was down 27-to-8 in about the first 12 minutes. The 22nd-ranked Badgers were up 42-24 at the half, and rolled from there. Wisconsin out-rebounded Cornell 54-31, with the most boards the Badgers have ever had in Bo Ryan's 11-plus seasons at UW-Madison.
Ben Brust had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Wisconsin, and teammate Jared Berggren also scored 18. Ryan Evans also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, as the Badgers improved to 2-1. Devin Cherry had 13 points for Cornell, which dropped to 1-3. Wisconsin will host Presbyterian tomorrow night.
The UW-Green Bay men's basketball team lost to Cal State-Fullerton 93-82 yesterday at the World Vision Classic in Reno Nevada. The Phoenix were down by 26 points with about 15 minutes left. They rallied to within four with 2:56 to go, but they could not get ahead. Fullerton made all eight of its free throws in the final minute to seal its victory. Center Alec Brown had 20 points and seven rebounds for Green Bay, which fell to 2-2. Kwame Vaughn scored 29 for Cal State-Fullerton, which is also 2-2. Green Bay lost its final two games at the World Vision Classic, after winning the opener over Southern Utah on Friday night. They'll play at Idaho tomorrow night. This afternoon, Marquette plays Butler at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. And the UW-Milwaukee men are at Arkansas-Little Rock.
The University of Wisconsin women's hoops team scored the final nine points of the game yesterday, to pull out a 52-44 victory at Washington State. The Badgers were down by one with 1:37 left. Morgan Paige hit two free throws and a lay-up to put Wisconsin up by four. And then Taylor Wurtz made five throws in the final 24 seconds to give the Badgers the win. Wisconsin blew an 18-point lead as the Cougars went on a 23-4 run in the second half to get back in the game. The Badgers only shot 30-percent, but Washington State shot even less at 27-percent. Wisconsin made all but one of its 12 free throws, while the Cougars only hit 14-of-22 from the charity stripe. Wurtz scored 13 for the Badgers, who improved to 2-1. Lia Galdeira had 15 for Washington State, which fell to 1-3. The Badgers will host Washington on Wednesday night.
A late comeback fell short for the Marquette University women, as they lost at Georgia Tech yesterday 76-72. The Golden Eagles trailed by 12 points with two minutes left, when they went on an 11-to-2 run. Four Marquette players scored in double figures. Junior Katie Young tied a career-high with 18 points, plus nine rebounds. The Eagles lost despite out-shooting Georgia Tech 46-42 percent, and out-rebounding the Yellow Jackets 47-32. But Marquette was sloppy with the ball, committing 37 turnovers to 22 for Georgia Tech. Dawnn Maye scored 23 for the Yellow Jackets, who improved to 2-1. Marquette fell to 1-1, and will play Marshall in the Texas A&M Classic which starts on Friday.