State D-1 hoops round-up: UWGB a winner, Marquette and UWM blow leads
The Marquette Golden Eagles started fast, but couldn't hold the early lead in a 76-71 loss at number-five ranked Syracuse. The Golden Eagles led by seven with five minutes to go in the first half. Syracuse went on a run, took the lead and built it to as much as 16 points before Marquette started coming back. Wes Johnson had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Orangemen, who now have a 19-1 record, including 6-1 in the Big East. Marquette closed to within six points with a couple of minutes left. The score was 75-71 in the closing seconds, but the Golden Eagles still lost their seventh straight road game. Darius Johnson-Odom had 17 points and Lazar Hayward 16 in the loss. Marquette's record is 11-8 overall, including 2-5 in the Big East. Syracuse won even though its second-leading scorer was held without a bucket.
The UW-Milwaukee men blew a 14-point second half lead yesterday, and lost at Cleveland State 73-72. Norris Cole hit a three-pointer with six-point-nine seconds left to win it. He led the Vikings with 22 points. Milwaukee had a final chance with one-point-one seconds left, as the Panthers lobbed the ball into traffic and Cleveland knocked it away. It appeared that UWM's Anthony Hill was held by two Cleveland State arms on the inbounds play -- and Panthers' coach Rob Jeter said it was unfortunate the game ended that way. Ricky Franklin scored 23 for Milwaukee, who shot 52-percent from the floor and hit 11 three-pointers. But it wasn't enough, as the Panthers dropped to 4-and-5 in the Horizon League and 12-and-9 overall. Cleveland State improved to 5-4 in the Horizon and 9-12 overall. Milwaukee's next game is on Friday night at home against Valparaiso.
The UW-Green Bay men never trailed yesterday in winning at Youngstown State, 69-55. The Phoenix led by three at the half despite shooting just 37-percent. G-B extended a seven-point lead to 13 with four-and-a-half minutes, when Troy Cotton and Rahmon Fletcher hit back-to-back three-pointers. Green Bay shot 56-percent in the second half, and it out-shot the Penguins 46-38 percent for the afternoon. The Phoenix also had a 36-22 rebounding edge. Cotton had 23 points, and Randy Berry had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Phoenix. DeAndre Mays and Vance Cooksey each scored 10 for Youngstown State, which fell to 2-and-8 in the Horizon League and 7-12 overall. Green Bay improved to 7-and-3 in the conference and 15-7 overall. Their next game is on Friday night, when they host league leader and nationally ranked Butler.