Dec. 3, 2011
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Darius Johnson-Odom scored 17 points and No. 16 Marquette knocked off in-state rival No. 9 Wisconsin 61-54 on Saturday.
Todd Mayo added 14 points for Marquette (7-0), which snapped the Badgers' 23-game home winning streak. Mayo, the younger brother of NBA player O.J. Mayo, had a critical late layup and an emphatic game-clinching dunk.
Jordan Taylor scored 13 and tried to lead a late comeback charge for the Badgers (6-2), who have lost two straight.
Even without their floor leader, the Golden Eagles seemed comfortable playing at Wisconsin's deliberate tempo and generally didn't lose their focus on defense. Then they fended off a late charge by the Badgers.
With Marquette leading 51-42, Taylor - who appeared to hurt his right ankle on the previous possession - hit a jumper with just over four minutes left, then cut the deficit to five with a pair of free throws.
Taylor then hit a driving layup to get the Badgers within three.
But Mayo scored on a high-arching layup, and Davante Gardner scored inside to give the Golden Eagles a 55-48 lead.
Ben Brust hit a 3-pointer for Wisconsin with a minute left, cutting the lead to four, but the Golden Eagles hit their free throws down the stretch and Mayo added the dunk for a big finish.
Wisconsin trailed by 10 at the half, then 41-29 after a driving layup with Mayo with just over 15 minutes remaining. But the Badgers got back in the game with an 11-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Josh Gasser and a driving layup by Ben Brust.
It was enough to erase their first-half deficit, but not enough to get past the Golden Eagles.
Marquette held Wisconsin to 6 for 23 from the floor - and 1 for 7 from 3-point range - in the first half and took a 32-22 lead into halftime.
Taylor struggled early, shooting 1 for 4 from the floor with three turnovers and no assists in the first half.
Marquette coach Buzz Williams made frequent use of his bench, rotating multiple players at nearly every stoppage in play at times. Gardner was a force inside for the Golden Eagles early on, with six points and five rebounds in the first half.
Marquette broke a two-game losing streak to its in-state rivals, but Wisconsin still holds a 64-54 advantage in the series.
Wisconsin is in the middle of a challenging stretch in its nonconference schedule, facing three ranked teams during a four-game stretch that began with a loss at North Carolina on Wednesday. The Badgers got the Tar Heels to play at their tempo, but still lost 60-57.
After facing Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday, Wisconsin gets No. 18 UNLV at home on Saturday.