STATE SPORTS ROUNDUP: Henson's double-double lifts Bucks over Chicago
John Henson had a big night for the Milwaukee Bucks as they beat the Bulls in Chicago 78-74. The second-year forward had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocked shots. Chicago led by nine halfway through the third quarter when the Bucks went on a 12-5 run to end the period trailing by two. Milwaukee then opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run. The Bulls got to within one with just under two minutes left, when former Buck Mike Dunleavy hit a three-pointer. Henson made an off-balance 22-footer with the shot clock winding down to give Milwaukee a three-point edge. Chicago had a chance to tie it with 13-point-one seconds left when Henson blocked a driving shot from Carlos Boozer. Milwaukee made a trio of free throws down the stretch to get only their fifth win against 16 losses this season. Brandon Knight had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. Dunleavy led Chicago with 24 points. Boozer added 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Bucks outshot the Bulls 40-to-37 percent, and Milwaukee had a 10-to-2 edge in fast break points. Chicago dropped to 8-and-11 with a two-game losing streak. The Bucks are back home tonight to face San Antonio.
The U-W Green Bay men's basketball team lost at Eastern Michigan last night, 67-to-58. The Eagles scored 12 straight points to take the lead for good midway through the first half. Green Bay outscored Eastern Michigan by two in the second half, but the Phoenix could not get any closer than seven points. Green Bay committed 18 turnovers to Eastern Michigan's 12. Alec Brown had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Green Bay. Keifer Sykes added 13, as the Phoenix dropped to 5-and-3. Ray Lee led the Eagles with 17 points, as his team ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-and-3. Eastern Michigan's leading scorer, Karrington Ward, was limited to 13 while grabbing seven rebounds. Green Bay's next game is on Saturday at South Dakota.
Gonzaga pulled away in the second half last night to beat the Wisconsin women, 70-to-55 in Madison. The Badgers led by one at the break, but the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs opened the second half with a 9-0 run. The Badgers closed the margin to two, before Gonzaga pulled away with a 10-0 run. Paige Morgan had 19 points for Wisconsin, which fell to 6-and-3. Taylor Wurtz scored 12. Senior point guard Jazmine Redmon led Gonzaga with 15, one short of her career high. The Zags won their sixth straight game to improve to 8-and-1. The Badgers' next game is on Friday night at Washington. Tonight, the Wisconsin men will host U-W Milwaukee. And the Milwaukee women are at Indiana.
The Milwaukee Brewers have given a contract offer to free-agent first baseman Corey Hart. General manager Doug Melvin said he expects an answer from Hart's agent before Baseball's Winter Meetings end tomorrow near Orlando. Hart has also gotten interest from other teams, and the Brewers are anxious to know what kind of a chance they have in re-signing him. If the odds are slim, Melvin expects to shop for another first baseman in free agency. Ike Davis of the New York Mets, Mitch Moreland of Texas, and Justin Smoak of Seattle are possibilities. Reports indicate that the Brewers have withdrawn their interest in Miami's Logan Morrison. Meanwhile, manager Ron Roenicke says right-hander Tyler Thornburg will have the first chance to win the Number-five starting job at Spring Training. He says he'll consider left-hander Will Smith, whom the Brewers acquired last week -- but there's a chance he'll wind up in the bullpen.