Justin Lewis threw a dunk with 5:44 to go to put Marquette Basketball by a bucket. It looked like Marquette was about to cause another astonishing upset against the Wisconsin No.23.
Steve Crowl tied the game on the next possession. Chucky Hepburn buried a three, then longtime Badger Brad Davison hit an easy transition layup.
Finally, emerging Badgers star Johnny Davis took over, and the next thing you know, the Badgers knocked the Marquette Golden Eagles out of the gym with an 89-76 win at the Kohl Center.
Davis scored a high 25 points for the Badgers. The Marquette Golden Eagles’ top scorer was Lewis with 14.
The match was a two-way trip in the first half. The Badgers scored 55 points in the second half and shot 70 percent from the field. Wisconsin also increased their points per possession, as the Marquette Golden Eagles defense just couldn’t get many saves.
The rare times Marquette could get a save or force a Badger turnaround, the Golden Eagles returned the ball with a turnaround of their own, an offensive foul, or a missed shot.
Marquette’s head coach Shaka Smart believed that not being effective in defense demoralized the team.
“We just didn’t win on the defensive end, and I think it was demoralizing for our guys up front.”