WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bucks lose their fifth straight home game, in double overtime to the Knicks
The Milwaukee Bucks lost their fifth straight home game, 107-to-101 in double overtime last night to the New York Knicks. Andrea Bargnani missed a three-pointer with 11-point-three-seconds left that could have put the Knicks in front by one. John Henson then sent the game to a second overtime with a tip-in at the other end. J-R Smith put New York in front for good with a jumper early in the second O-T. Carmelo Anthony then finished off the Bucks by scoring eight-of-his-29 points. The Knicks led by as many as nine in the second quarter, but there were 19 lead changes and 11 ties in the third-and-fourth periods. Former Buck Beno Udrih scored 21 for New York. Tyson Chandler had nine points in his first game since November fifth. Milwaukee point guard Brandon Knight had 36 points in nearly 50 minutes. He also committed eight of the Bucks' 22 turnovers. Henson had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Bucks' shooting guard O-J Mayo missed the game, while attending the funeral of a grandmother. Milwaukee only dressed eight players. 19-year-old rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo became the youngest player to start an N-B-A game since 2006, and the youngest in Bucks' history. He had 10 points and seven boards. The Knicks won their seventh straight over the Bucks despite being out-scored at the free-throw line 25-14. Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said he felt his team wore down mentally, as they dropped their 15th of 18 games after starting at 2-and-2. The Bucks will play at Cleveland tomorrow night.
The Marquette women's basketball team taught Milwaukee school students yesterday about not giving up. The Golden Eagles came back from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Oral Roberts at home, 79-to-71 in overtime, during Marquette's annual afternoon game that city youngsters attended. M-U missed its first 13 shots, and later had 19-to-3 run to take its first lead of the game early in the second half. Marquette was up by 13 with 3:48 left, but Oral Roberts sent the game to overtime with a 14-to-1 run. Marquette had a 15-7 scoring edge in the extra five minutes, as they improved to 8-and-2. Arlesia Morse led M-U with a career-high 28 points. Christian Key and Dorottya Balla each had 19 for Oral Roberts, which lost its eighth straight after winning its season opener. Marquette will host Denver tomorrow night.
The U-W Green Bay women are on a three-game losing streak, after falling at home last night to 18th-ranked Purdue, 49-to-45. K-K Houser made three-of-four free throws in the final 11 seconds, as the Boilermakers improved to 8-and-2. Green Bay led by two at the break. Purdue opened the second half on a 10-0 run. The Phoenix had their own 10-0 stretch to get within one with 49 seconds left, but they couldn't overcome Purdue's lead. Houser scored 17 points, as the Boilermakers controlled the boards for a 45-31 rebounding edge. Green Bay only had one free throw in the game, and missed it. The Phoenix shot just 28-percent from the floor, as they dropped to 6-and-4. Tesha Buck and Megan Lukan each scored 10 for Green Bay, which is now off until December 30th when it takes on Wisconsin.
Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn shared snaps with the Number-One offense again yesterday, as the Packers get ready to host Pittsburgh on Sunday. As of right now, Green Bay needs to win its final two regular season games to clinch the N-F-C North Division and make the playoffs. Rodgers has not been medically-cleared to return from a broken collarbone suffered November fourth. Coach Mike McCarthy rejected the idea that preparing both quarterbacks caused the Packers to struggle in the first half of their last two games, before Flynn led them back to victories over both Atlanta and Dallas. McCarthy said he thought Flynn was ready to play against the Cowboys. Flynn's preparing to make his fourth straight start, as speculation continues over Rodgers' health.
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland was named a first-team All-American yesterday by the Football Writers Association. The honor comes a day after the senior Borland made the Associated Press All-American second squad. Borland is the first Badgers' defender to make the writers' first-team since Erasmus James did it in 2004. Borland has led Wisconsin with 102 total tackles, to go with four sacks and a forced fumble in 11 games. He has helped the Badgers rank second in the nation in scoring defense, as they get ready to face South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day in Orlando.
U-W Whitewater linebacker Cole Klotz fell just short of winning the Gagliardi Trophy as the nation's best Division-Three football player. The honor went to Mount Union quarterback Kevin Burke last night. Burke is the first junior to win the award, which is based on performance both on-and-off the field. Burke has thrown for 35-hundred-14 yards and 44 touchdowns this season, and his Mount Union team will play Whitewater for the national championship in tomorrow night's Stagg Bowl in Salem Virginia. Burke and Klotz were among four finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy. The others were Middlebury quarterback McCallum Foote, and Western Connecticut State running back Octavias McKoy.
The Milwaukee Brewers are reported to be one of four teams interested in signing free-agent infielder Michael Young. The Brewers have been looking for a first baseman since Corey Hart left for Seattle last week. The 37-year-old Young played 26 games at first base for the L-A Dodgers last season, plus 99 games at third for Philadelphia. He batted .279 for the year with eight homers and 46 R-B-I's. Young is a former All-Star with the Texas Rangers, when Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin and coaches' Johnny and Jerry Narron were with the Rangers. Fox Sports said the Dodgers would like to keep Young -- and the Brewers, Colorado, and Washington are also interested in him. Meanwhile, the Brewers have announced several front-office promotions. Teddy Werner was named the vice-president of business development. Bob Hallasto is the new vice-president for stadium operations. And Michael Boettcherto is the new grounds' director.
The Wisconsin volleyball team will play defending champion Texas tonight in the semi-finals of their N-C-A-A Tournament in Seattle. The winner will play either Penn State or Washington for the national title on Saturday night. Wisconsin entered the tournament with a Number-12 seed, and will play a top-seeded Texas team that has won 23 straight matches. The Longhorns are 27-and-2 overall. The Badgers are 27-and-9, and they're the third Number-12 seed to reach the Final Four in the last five years. This is only the second time Wisconsin has been in the volleyball Final Four, and it comes during the first year of Kelly Sheffield's coaching run. Sheffield came to Madison after he led Dayton to five N-C-A-A bids in five years. Yesterday, Badgers' freshman Lauren Carlini was named a second team coaches' All-American. Carlini, a setter, has had 11-point-one-five assists this season, second in the Big Ten. And she led the nation's freshmen with 21 double-doubles. Badgers' junior outside Ellen Chapman was named an honorable mention.