MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Kammron Taylor scored 18 points and Ray
Nixon added 15 as Wisconsin dominated in-state rival Marquette
77-63 at the Kohl Center Saturday.
The victory was the 100th of Bo Ryan's career at Wisconsin.
The Badgers (7-1) have won six of its last eight games against
Marquette (6-3), including four straight at home -- but the
victories usually haven't come this easily.
The Badgers used a 23-10 run late in the first half to take a
44-31 lead into the locker room and they were never really
challenged after that.
Wisconsin won despite an off game from junior forward Alando
Tucker, the team's leading scorer. Tucker scored eight points on
2-of-8 shooting and spent much of the game on the bench in foul
Tucker is playing with a protective face mask, the result of a
nasal injury he sustained in the Badgers' lone loss, Nov. 29 at
But the Badgers rallied with a jump shot and a 3-pointer from
Tucker, then regained the lead for good at 26-25 lead on Nixon's
layup. The Badgers outscored the Golden Eagles 18-6 for the rest of
the half and took a 13-point cushion into halftime despite playing
the last six minutes without Tucker, who went to the bench with his
second foul with 6:08 remaining.
Marquette drew within 11 points on a 3-pointer from senior guard
Joe Chapman with 3:55 left in the game, but the Badgers drew away
on five straight points from junior forward Jason Chappell, who
also grabbed nine rebounds.
Wisconsin has won 24 straight home games against non-conference
opponents and is 62-3 at the Kohl Center under Ryan.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series 61-51.