WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: UW-GB men beat Milwaukee in overtime
The U-W Green Bay men's basketball team won its eighth straight game yesterday, 93-to-86 in overtime at U-W Milwaukee. Junior guard Keifer Sykes scored 34 points for the Phoenix. They're the only unbeaten team in Horizon League play at 3-and-0, as they continue their best start in 17 years with a 13-and-3 overall mark. Milwaukee trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half before grabbing a six-point lead early in the second stanza. The Panthers were still up by seven with 3:29 left when Green Bay tied the game and sent it to overtime. Sykes was the main force, scoring seven of the Phoenix' final 10 points in regulation. In the overtime, Green Bay out-scored the Panthers 11-to-4, as Milwaukee could manage only one field goal in the extra period. Jordan Aaron scored 26 for U-W-M, which dropped to 2-and-2 in the Horizon League and 12-and-6 overall. Milwaukee returns to action on Thursday night at Illinois-Chicago. Green Bay is at Wright State on Friday.
Iowa pulled away in the second half yesterday, as the Wisconsin women lost their Big Ten home opener 82-to-65. The Badgers fell behind by 16 points late in the first half, but they rallied to get within three at the break. Wisconsin got to within one early in the second half, but Iowa later went on a 14-to-2 run to lead by as many as 17. The Badgers never got within 10 after that. Morgan Paige led Wisconsin with 20 points. Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft each scored 20 for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes out-shot the Badgers 52-to-40 percent. Former Racine high school star Samantha Logic had 16 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists to help Iowa improve to 2-and-2 in Big Ten play, and 14-and-4 overall. Wisconsin fell to 1-and-2 in the conference and 8-and-7 overall. The Badgers will host Indiana on Wednesday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks will take their 7-and-29 record to Toronto tonight. Rookie forward Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to be one of the team's few bright spots. The league's youngest player, at age 19, had 13 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday night during Milwaukee's 101-85 loss at Oklahoma City. Antetokounmpo played his way into the Bucks' starting lineup early in the season, amid a flurry of injuries. And he has stayed there as the result of his hard play. Bucks' coach Larry Drew says Antetokounmpo and Larry Sanders are the most energetic players on a team that's badly in need of a boost. Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant called the young forward from Greece "sneaky athletic" and "quick." Antetokounmpo scored just two points in his previous three games -- and he got frustrated after being pushed around by a wider body, Phoenix forward P-J Tucker. Drew called that a good thing. He said Antetokounmpo needs to learn to play more balanced against some of the N-B-A's larger players.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly finished in third place yesterday at the Sony Open in Honolulu. Kelly shot a five-under-par 65 in his final round of the P-G-A's first full-fledged tournament of 2014. He closed out at 15-under-265 -- two strokes behind the winner, Jimmy Walker. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 51st, at four-under-276.
The Wisconsin women's hockey team earned a split of their weekend home series with North Dakota, after a 4-to-1 victory yesterday. The Badgers scored three goals in nine minutes during the second period. Blayre Turnbull had two goals, and Katy Josephs scored the eventual game-winning for the second-ranked Badgers -- who came back after a 4-1 loss to the Number-four Fighting Sioux on Saturday. Freshman Ann-Renee Desbiens had 29 saves, as Wisconsin improved to 13-3-2-and-1 in the W-C-H-A and 17-3-and-2 overall. North Dakota fell to 10-4-2-and-1 in the conference and 13-5-and-2 overall.
In the American Hockey League, the Milwaukee Admirals ended six straight losses to Lake Erie with a 6-to-5 home victory victory yesterday. The Admirals jumped out in front 3-nothing head late in the first period -- and Lake Erie scored the game's final three goals after Milwaukee had a 6-to-2 lead early in the third period. Filip Forsberg had two goals and two assists for the Admirals. He was re-assigned on Friday from the N-H-L's Nashville Predators for the third time this season. Milwaukee's victory keeps the Admirals in third place in the A-H-L's Midwest Division with 42 points -- one behind second-place Chicago and 11 in back of division-leading Grand Rapids.
Former Admirals' coach Claude Noel has been fired by the N-H-L's Winnipeg Jets. He was let go amid a five-game losing streak which dropped the Jets to 10 points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot. Winnipeg is in last place in the Central Division at 19-23-and-5. The 58-year-old Noel was replaced by Paul Maurice. Noel coached Milwaukee for a total of seven seasons in two stints. His Admirals won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship 10 years ago. Noel led Winnipeg to winning seasons in each of its two years since moving from Atlanta -- but they fell short of the playoffs both times.