Senior Leadership wins games. Jerel McNeal, Matthews, James, and Burke were not to be denied tonight, giving Buzz Williams his first marquee victory in a 61-58 victory over the hated Badgers.
Jerel McNeal was superlative, going 10-18, pouring in 26 points and 7 boards in 39 minutes. Thirty Nine Minutes.
Wes Matthews clocked 39 as well, followed by Lazar's 35, in which, he grabbed 13 rebounds and two steals. Buzz in the post game said Dwight Burke "had the game of his life" and played extraordinary defense.
18,895 fans watched the Badgers hold a consistent 7-10 point lead over Marquette for the first 30 minutes of play, until Marquette put together some defensive stops and tied the game with 6 to go.
After MU went up by 9, UW chipped away at that lead, but their offense just isn't designed to score quickly and Marquette managed the clock well down the stretch.
Warrior Nation will sleep well tonight.
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