WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bucks defeat Cleveland thanks to Mayo's 28 points
The Milwaukee Bucks won their first home game of the season last night, 109-104 over Cleveland. The Cavaliers went on a 13-0 run to take a one-point lead with less than a minute left. Bucks' forward Caron Butler muscled his way inside and tipped in a rebound to hit the game-winning basket with 24-point-eight seconds left. O-J Mayo then made four free throws in the final 13 seconds to even Milwaukee's record to 2-and-2. Mayo also hit 6-of-7 from three-point range, and he led the Bucks with 28 points. Gary Neal added 23 off the bench, as the Bucks were without center Larry Sanders, forward Ersan Ilyasova, and point guards Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 29 points and eight assists. He scored 13 points in the final quarter, to help the Cavs make their final charge. Anthony Bennett, the Number-One overall draft pick, made his first N-B-A basket early in the second quarter, after missing his first 16 career shots. Cleveland dropped to 2-3. The Bucks will host Dallas on Saturday night.
Bucks' starting center Larry Sanders sat out last night's win over Cleveland, after he injured a thumb in what a T-V station said was a bar fight last weekend. The Bucks would only confirm quote, "an incident from Saturday evening," and that Sanders was cooperating fully. Coach Larry Drew insisted he didn't know what it was -- all he knew was that it was being investigated. W-T-M-J T-V cited Milwaukee Police in reporting that Sanders was involved in a bar fight at the Apartment-720 club downtown. The station said the fourth-year pro allegedly broke bottles of champagne over one man's head -- and he punched another man in the face. Police later gave other media a similar account of the incident without mentioning Sanders by name. Police said they're still gathering evidence, and the case would be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office for possible charges. Just hours before that off-court incident, Sanders had complained about a lack of playing time. He's averaging less than three points in 17-and-a-half minutes of the Bucks' first three games this season. Sanders signed a four-year, 44-million dollar contract this summer.
Michael Redd says retiring is harder than he thought it would be. The 12-year N-B-A veteran was honored last night before a Milwaukee Bucks' crowd, as he announced the end of his playing career while highlights were shown on the screens above him. Redd played 11 years with the Bucks, and is one of just five Milwaukee players to average more than 20 points a game. After tearing the same knee in two different seasons, Redd played in just 61 games during his final two years with the Bucks. He played 51 more games with Phoenix, and then stopped playing pro ball in mid-2012. Redd said he had a few offers from other teams this summer, but he decided to stay home with his family. He won an Olympic gold medal in 2008, and he said asked himself why he's the only player from that team who's no longer in the N-B-A. But he said quote, "I was blessed to last as long as I did." The 34-year-old Redd said he would not play again, even if a contender calls him later in the season. He said he would like a job with the Bucks in some capacity in the future, when he's ready. Redd said he would love to stay connected with the Milwaukee organization if the team allows him to do so.
The Wisconsin women's soccer team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament yesterday, with a 2-nothing loss to Penn State in the quarter-finals at Illinois. All four tournament contests yesterday were moved to a different turf, after high winds and rain created rough field conditions at the Illini's normal soccer complex in Champaign. Taylor Schram and Tami Costa scored both of Penn State's goals in the first half. Emily Hurd has assists for both. The loss dropped the Badgers to 10-7-and-2. Penn State moved on to the semi-finals after improving to 14-5-and-1.
There was an upset last night in the semi-finals of the W-I-A-C men's soccer tournament. Third-seeded U-W Superior eliminated Number-two Whitewater 2-to-1. Dan Baga scored the eventual game-winner in the 42nd minute, as Superior advance to tomorrow night's title match at U-W Oshkosh. The top-seeded Titans advanced with a 2-to-1 victory over Platteville in double overtime. Tony Starnes scored the game-winner in the 110th minute.
The top-two seeds will play each other on Saturday in the championship game of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference women's soccer tournament. Number-One Madison Edgewood got by Milwaukee Engineering in last night's semi-finals, 1-to-nothing in double overtime. Emily Skaer scored the decisive goal in the 110th minute. In the other semi-final, Aurora eliminated Marian of Fond du Lac, 4-to-1. Nicci Bermudes scored three goals for Aurora.
Wisconsin cross country runner Malachy Schrobilgen received two post-season awards from the Big Ten Conference yesterday. The suburban Chicago native was named the league's Athlete-of-the-Year and Freshman-of-the-Year, after he placed first in the conference meet last weekend. Schrobilgen became only the third Badger to win the freshman honors since they were first given out in 1987. He's also the 11th Wisconsin runner in the last 16 years to receive the top athletic award. Schrobilgen is also the first Badger to win both awards in the same season.