MILWAUKEE- State bragging will reside at the University of Wisconsin for the next 12 months.
Six Badgers scored in double figures as No.17 Wisconsin caught fire in the second half to run over Marquette, 93-84, at the Bradley Center.
Senior Bronson Koenig scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Badgers (9-2), which have won three of the last four in the in-state rivalry that dates back to 1917.
A year after Marquette (7-3) outscored Wisconsin 36-16 in the low post in a 57-55 win at the Kohl Center, the Badgers returned the favor with a dominating 42-30 edge in the lane that helped them shoot 64.3 percent in the second half.
Wisconsin only had Ethan Happ for 1:41 of the first half after the sophomore picked up two quick fouls, but he delivered in the second half with 11 points, five rebounds. Down 40-35 at halftime, Happ’s presence helped the Badgers open the second half on an 24-7 run, scoring six points, grabbing five defensive rebounds and being a thorn in the side of senior center Luke Fischer.
Fischer had nine points in the first half but managed only two points in the second half on an offensive rebound put back, unable to get clean looks against Happ’s length.
Haanif Chetham and Katin Reinhardt scored 16 points to lead the Golden Eagles, which fell to 1-3 against power five conference schools this season.
Wisconsin returns home to take on Green Bay Wednesday at the Kohl Center
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Wisconsin runs away from marquette in the second half to erase last year's disappointment (video w/ Ethan Happ included)