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December 11, 2004 - Wisconsin vs. Marquette

Wisconsin 54 Marquette 63

Diener Scores 29 On Sprained Ankle

MILWAUKEE – Travis Diener and Mike Wilkinson played hurt but with very different results.

Diener scored 29 points despite aggravating his sprained ankle in the first half and led unbeaten Marquette past Wisconsin (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) 63-54 on Saturday night.

“We've never held our halftime in the training room, but we moved the grease boards and everything in and we had guys sitting on Gatorade coolers and looking over shoulders,” Golden Eagles coach Tom Crean said. “He did more than just play well, he led well.”

Wilkinson wasn't able to do either.

Bothered by a lower leg injury, the Badgers' senior big man and second-leading scorer managed just two points and one rebound in 23 minutes and spent about half the game on the bench watching Marquette beat the Badgers at their own game – taking the ball to the basket and hitting the boards hard.

Marquette outrebounded the taller Badgers 44-28 behind senior Marcus Jackson's career-high 15 boards, 12 on the defensive end, in just 21 minutes. Wisconsin managed just four offensive boards.

“Everybody thought we were the underdog,” Jackson said, citing that as his motivation.

Not with Diener on the court, hobbled or not.

Diener scored 10 points in Marquette's game-opening 12-1 spurt and the Golden Eagles (9-0) never trailed in beating their instate rivals for just the second time in six tries under Crean.

After the improvised halftime talk and re-taping, Diener sank two 3s to start the second half and had 21 points to Wisconsin's 23, giving the Eagles a 40-23 lead.

“He was up to the challenge tonight,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan marveled. “He can score, he can find people. What else do you want in a point guard?”

As for his own gutsy player, Ryan regretted allowing Wilkinson to play.

“I normally have a policy that if a guy doesn't participate for two straight days he doesn't play,” Ryan said. “I'll take the hit on that one. There was a shot in the second half where it was obvious he could not push off. We knew he had to come out.”

Alando Tucker scored 13 points for the Badgers (5-2) and Sharif Chambliss added 12 points but was dominated by Diener on both ends of the court.

Marquette's Steve Novak added 11 points, including a 3-pointer that made it 52-40 with 4:42 left after the Badgers finally cut the deficit below double figures on Tucker's 3-pointer.

The Badgers made a furious rally over the final five minutes but never got closer than six points, and the sellout crowd of 18,611 delighted in singing, “Over-rated!”

The coaches jawed with each other following a scrum for a rebound in the first half.

Wisconsin center Brian Butch fell backward at the top of the key, and Diener grabbed the loose ball. As Butch tried to reach around, Marquette forward Ousmane Barro shoved Butch. Ryan objected when the Eagles rushed the pile as Marquette called timeout.

“As coaches, we can't play. But we like to compete,” Ryan said. “And there's nothing better than this.”

Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score
Wisconsin vs Marquette
12-11-04 7:30 p.m. at Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)

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VISITORS: Wisconsin 5-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
42 TUCKER, Alando...... f  4-8    3-4    2-5    0  3  3   3  13  0  4  0  1  31
44 MORLEY, Zach........ f  2-9    0-2    5-6    1  4  5   2   9  1  1  0  2  33
54 WILKINSON, Mike..... f  1-8    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   2  0  1  0  1  23
01 CHAMBLISS, Sharif... g  4-11   4-9    0-0    0  0  0   3  12  4  3  0  2  26
13 HANSON, Clayton..... g  3-8    2-5    1-2    2  3  5   2   9  0  0  0  0  35
04 NIXON, Ray..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  0  0  0  0  14
14 BRONSON, Tanner.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 HELMIGK, Andreas....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   1   0  0  0  0  0  10
23 TAYLOR, Kammron.....    2-3    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   4  2  1  0  1  15
32 BUTCH, Brian........    2-4    1-1    0-0    1  4  5   2   5  0  0  1  1  12
   TEAM................                            2  2
   Totals..............   18-52  10-22   8-13   4 24 28  17  54  7 10  1  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-23 34.8%   2nd Half: 10-29 34.5%   Game: 34.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  7-14 50.0%   Game: 45.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 61.5%   4,1


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HOME TEAM: Marquette 9-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
20 Novak, Steve........ f  4-10   3-9    0-0    1  1  2   3  11  0  4  0  0  35
35 Jackson, Marcus..... f  1-2    0-0    2-2    3 12 15   4   4  3  0  1  0  21
33 Grimm, Chris........ c  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   3   0  0  0  0  0  26
30 Mason, Dameon....... g  2-10   0-1    4-5    1  6  7   3   8  2  2  0  0  34
34 Diener, Travis...... g  9-20   5-12   6-8    1  4  5   0  29  2  2  1  1  34
01 Townsend, Todd......    0-3    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  1  0  11
12 HANLEY, Rob.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
22 GRUBE, Shane........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
32 Chapman, Joe........    4-7    0-1    1-2    1  1  2   0   9  0  1  0  1  19
41 Barro, Ousmane......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
43 Amoroso, Ryan.......    1-5    0-0    0-0    4  4  8   2   2  1  1  1  0  13
   TEAM................                         3  2  5
   Totals..............   21-57   8-25  13-17  14 30 44  16  63  8 11  4  2 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-32 43.8%   2nd Half:  7-25 28.0%   Game: 36.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-13 38.5%   2nd Half:  3-12 25.0%   Game: 32.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-1  100 %   2nd Half: 12-16 75.0%   Game: 76.5%   1,1


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Officials: Tom O'Neill, Mike Sanzere, John Higgins
Technical fouls: Wisconsin-None. Marquette-None.
Attendance: 18611
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Wisconsin.....................   23   31  -   54
Marquette.....................   34   29  -   63

Points in the paint-WISC 10,MARQ 14. Points off turnovers-WISC 10,MARQ 10.
2nd chance points-WISC 6,MARQ 14. Fast break points-WISC 7,MARQ 14.
Bench points-WISC 9,MARQ 11. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-0 times.
Largest lead-WISC None, MARQ by 17 2nd-16:49.

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