Sunday State Sports Briefs: UW men's hoops team rallies to beat ArkansasWisconsin Sports
-- Sam Dekker led five teammates in double figures with 19 points as the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, 77-70, as part of the championship round of the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena.
LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Sam Dekker led five teammates in double figures with 19 points as the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, 77-70, as part of the championship round of the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena.
Dekker shot 7-of-13 from the floor in the Wisconsin (4-2) victory. Ryan Evans scored 12 points and Jared Berggren added 10 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Mike Bruesewitz and Traevon Jackson contributed 11 points apiece in the triumph. For the Razorbacks (3-2), BJ Young recorded a team-high 18 points to go with five rebounds. Mardracus Wade was the only other Razorback in double figures, recording 13 points in the setback.Arkansas shut down Wisconsin in the first half, allowing only 10-of-31 from the floor for the Badgers. Arkansas shot an impressive 51.9 percent from the field, giving it a 40-29 lead at the half. But Wisconsin blew the Razorbacks out in the second half, outscoring them 48-30. The Badgers made good on 66.7 percent from the field in the period, compared to a mere 11-of-34 (.324) for Arkansas. Wisconsin was 42.1 percent from long-range, shooting 8-of-19, while the Razorbacks made only 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.
A 4-2 win Saturday night gives Minnesota State-Mankato its first-ever series sweep over the Wisconsin men’s hockey team in the Kohl Center. The Badgers are still looking for their first win in front of the home crowd. The Mavericks scored three times in the first period and never trailed. Wisconsin got goals from Jake McCabe and Michael Mersch. Josh Rumpel started the game in goal, but was replaced by Landon Peterson for the final two periods. Wisconsin outshot Minnesota State 35-29. Wisconsin’s record falls to 1-7-2, including 1-5-2 in the WCHA. The start is the worst in Wisconsin history since the 1975-76 squad began it's season 1-9 overall and 0-5 at home.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team spotted St. Cloud State a 3-1 lead, then scored five times in a row to wrap up the weekend sweep. The 6-3 win over the Huskies improves the Badger record to 10-4-2. It was the second come-from-behind victory of the season. Brianna Decker scored the game’s first goal at the 5:09 mark of the first period, then the Huskies scored three in a row. Two goals by Madison Packer tied the score early in the final period. Then, Natalie Berg, Lauren Unser and Decker scored to put the game out of reach. Alex Rigsby had 26 saves for the Badgers to take the win. Wisconsin outshot St. Cloud State 44-29 and swept the weekend series.
Twenty turnovers doomed the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers in a 71-66 loss to Jacksonville Saturday night. The game was played as a part of the Hoops for Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Milwaukee held the lead early, but the Dolphins managed to score 21 points off turnovers. Jordon Aaron’s 19 points led the Panthers. He also took down nine rebounds before fouling out. Demetrius Harris had a double-double with 16 points and a dozen rebounds. Milwaukee’s record falls to 2-3.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay put five players in double figures while beating North Dakota State 74-59. Keifer Sykes led the way with 21. The Phoenix raced to an early 16-3 lead and never trailed the Bison. Green Bay’s record is 3-3.
While Aaron Rodgers keeps firing touchdown passes, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t found the end zone for the last three games. The Packers hope to continue that shutout on tonight’s NFL national broadcast. It’s a rematch of last year’s NFC playoff game, won by the Giants 37-20 and a showdown between the winners of the last two Super Bowls. Green Bay is going for its sixth win in a row, despite an impressive string of injuries. Rogers has thrown 27 TD passes in 10 games, to go with just six interceptions. He’s been that effective despite being sacked 32 times. He leads the NFL with a passer rating of 107.3. At the same time, Manning denies he has a tired arm and he and his Giants teammates have been very effective, winning four straight games after a bye week. Kickoff is 7:20 Central time, the game to be televised on NBC.
(NCAA Sweet 16 Round)
UW-Oshkosh 37, Bethel (Minn.) 14
--Division I Women
(San Juan Shootout)
Georgia Tech 66, UW-Milwaukee 53
UW-Green Bay 79, Richmond 48
--Division II Men
(Ball on the Beach Tournament)
UW-Parkside 78, Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 67
--Division II Women
Michigan Tech 66, UW-Parkside 53
--Division III Men
Beloit 87, Dominican 82
Bethany Lutheran 68, Wisconsin Lutheran 63
Concordia-Mequon 95, UW-Superior 90 (OT)
Marian 76, Ripon 74
Milwaukee School of Engineering 82, Fontbonne 74
North Central (Ill.) 93, Carroll 83
UW-Eau Claire 71, Crown 53
UW-Platteville 82, Lancaster Bible 52
UW-River Falls 69, St. Scholastica 43
UW-Stevens Point 80, Buena Vista 68
UW-Stout 81, Northland 42
UW-Whitewater 74, Carthage 69
Westminster (Mo.) 65, Edgewood 57
--Division III Women
Alverno 69, Concordia-Mequon 50
Cornell 75, UW-Eau Claire 68
Lakeland 83, Milwaukee School of Engineering 42
Luther 59, UW-La Crosse 56
Simpson 89, Northland 42
UW-Oshkosh 47, Judson (Ill.) 46
UW-Stout 90, St. Scholastica 79
UW-Whitewater 83, Edgewood 39
Wartburg 66, UW-Platteville 51
Wisconsin 24, Northern Iowa 13
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Milwaukee 4, Chicago 3 (SO)