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-- Junior college transfer Jae Crowder is feeling at home with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Crowder scored 29 points to lead Marquette has West Virginia in the Eagles Big East season opener, 79-74.
MILWAUKEE - Junior college transfer Jae Crowder is feeling at home with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Crowder scored 29 points to lead Marquette has West Virginia in the Eagles Big East season opener, 79-74.
Crowder his 12-of-14 field shots, had five assists and four steals in the win, helping his team bounce back from a one-point loss at Vanderbilt. Marquette's overall record improves to 10-4, with all four losses coming by five points or less.
For the Green Bay Packers it is simple -- beat their rivals, the Chicago Bears, and they're in the playoffs. Lose, and the Packers will need some help. Chicago has already clinched its third NFC North championship in the last six years and might choose to rest some starters in today's game. If the Packers do lose, they need Washington to beat the Giants and New Orleans to beat Tampa Bay. The Packers have won six of seven at home this season and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has shaken off the effects of a concussion to post his best outing of the season last week. Chicago won the first meeting between the two teams, 20-17, back on September 27.
Tone Boyle led all scorers with 24 points, but it was his five straight points in overtime that pushed Wisconsin-Milwaukee to an 84-81 win over Detroit. Boyle hit a three-pointer, then added two free throws to give the Panthers the win. The team's record is 7-8, and 2-2 in Horizon League play. Milwaukee's Kaylon Williams had hit a clutch three-pointer with one second left to send the game into overtime.
The UW-Green Bay men's basketball team led for a good portion of the game, but a three-pointer at the buzzer gave Wright State a 67-64 win Saturday. The score was tied a dozen times and there were 10 lead changes in the Horizon League contest. Wisconsin-Green Bay had its biggest lead at 48-42 with nine minutes to go. The Phoenix lost despite hitting 59 percent from the field in the second half, while holding the Raiders to just 36 percent shooting.
Senior Meghan Duggan had five assists as the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team dispatched Northeastern 7-2. The game was in the first round of the Easton Holiday Showcase at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The Badgers scored three times in the final period to blow a fairly close game wide open. Sophomore Becca Ruegsegger made a season-high 26 saves for the Badgers. Hilary Knight scored her team-leading 21st goal in the final period. The Badgers wrap up their participation in the Holiday Showcase at noon today when they take on Mercyhurst College.