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Marquette takes I-94 rivalry

Milwaukee-- Wisconsin (6-4) couldn't climb back from a 14-point deficit after the first half, falling to Marquette (6-2) 60-50 Saturday night in the Bradley Center.

Marquette beat Wisconsin for the second-straight season.

Marquette's backcourt tandem of Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue combined for 35 points as the Badgers had no answer for either of them.

"They sped us up," Senior Forward Ryan Evans said. "A lot like Arkansas did. We came back in the second half. Obviously we didn't have enough."

Wisconsin shot just 32.7 percent from the field and a very discouraging 39.1 percent (9-23) from the free throw line. The Badgers had nobody in double figures as Evans and Jared Berggren had nine points each.

"I thought both teams were playing good defense," said Head Coach Bo Ryan. "If we make our free throws from getting fouled in the paint, it makes a difference. I thought we did a good job of drawing fouls, but when you come away with nothing--Ryan himself could have been in double figures."

As Ryan mentioned, Evans was at the forefront of Wisconsin's free throw struggles. The senior was 1-9 at the charity stripe, with his lone make coming on a bank shot.

"I wouldn't say that's the least of my concerns now," Evans said. "I'll get back to it, work hard at it, and change things around. I've been through a lot of things in my life and it's just going to take work like anything else."

After tailing by 14 in the second half, the Badgers got within four points in the second half, but never got within one possession.

"For about 12, 15 minutes in the second half, I really liked what I was seeing," Ryan said. "I thought defensively we took away some things that got us hurt in the first half.

"They have multiple players who can score. And then offensively, we gave ourselves a chance. We had some real wide open looks. I was shocked. We just didn't finish our make the free throws."

Wisconsin was handed their fourth loss of the non-conference season Saturday night. With the Big Ten season fast-approaching, the Badgers realize they need to fix things quickly.

"Definitely discouraged," Berggren said. "Basically every big test we've had, we've come up short. We're right there in most of the games, but we've got to learn quick here. Guys are going to keep fighting. We're going to get this thing figured out."

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