MILWAUKEE< WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Marquette men's basketball team kept its N-C-A-A Tournament hopes alive with a 75-to-73 home victory over Georgetown last night. The Hoyas missed two lay-ups in the final 15 seconds, as the Golden Eagles won their fifth game in their last six.
Marquette coach Buzz Williams says he's proud of the way his team has played itself back into N-C-A-A contention. Jake Thomas scored a career-high 22 points, and Davante Gardner had 26 points and seven rebounds as Marquette improved to 9-and-6 in the Big East and 17-and-11 overall.
Markel Starks scored 24 for Georgetown, which fell to 7-and-9 in the conference and 16-and-12 overall. Marquette's next game is on Sunday at Number-eight Villanova. The U-W Green Bay men won the Horizon League regular season title out-right with a 71-to-63 victory at Oakland last night. The Phoenix trailed by 15 early in the second half, before they proceeded to shoot a blistering 65-percent in the final 20 minutes.
Keifer Sykes made a basket to put Green Bay in front for good with 10:27 left, and the Phoenix led by as many as 10 the rest of the way. Center Alec Brown led U-W-G-B with 18 points. Sykes and Jordan Fouse each had 16, as the Phoenix improved to 13-and-2 in the conference and 23-and-5 overall.
Duke Mondy had 17 for Oakland, which dropped to 6-and-9 in their first season in the Horizon League, and 11-and-19 overall with their most losses since 2005.
Green Bay has a two-game lead over Cleveland State with one regular season contest left. They'll play it on Sunday at Detroit. The U-W Milwaukee men earned a home game in next week's Horizon League tournament, after winning at Detroit in their regular season finale last night 68-to-62. The Panthers led by eight points early in the second half, but Detroit came back to tie it at 49. It was tied at 60 with 2:15 left when Malcolm Moore made a follow-up basket, and Austin Ariens gave Milwaukee a five-point edge and breathing room with a three-pointer with 1:27 left. JeVon Lyle scored a career-high 20 points, as Milwaukee improved to 7-and-9 in the Horizon League and 17-and-13 overall. Jarod Williams scored 12 for Detroit, which dropped to 6-and-9 in the league and 13-and-17 overall.