MILWAUKEE – – Justin Lewis was expecting DJ Carton to win the match for Marquette from the messy line.
When that didn’t happen, Lewis accomplished time, picking up his teammate and snapping Wisconsin’s No. 4 winning streak.
Freshman Lewis scored 18 points and over a shot in Carton’s free throw missed at the buzzer as Marquette beat the Badgers 67-65 on Friday night.
“Nobody was hoping that DJ obviously failed, but having the foresight to be ready to try and make a play in the event of his loss is incredible for any player, but especially a freshman,” said Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski .
The game marked one of the 127 most exhilarating encounters between the two enemies in the state whose campuses are about 75 miles apart, though the absence of spectators at Forum Forum due to the pandemic gives the edition a different feel latest from the competition.
The lead changed hands six times in the final 70 seconds. Neither team led by more than six points.
Wisconsin (3-1) led 65-64 when Carton pulled a foul from Badgers guard D’Mitrik Trice just inside the 3-point arc with nine tenths of a second remaining. Trice, who led Wisconsin with 17 points, described it as “playing bonehead for me.”
“I tried to take charge,” said Trice, whose jumper had put Wisconsin ahead with 5.8 seconds left. “Obviously it was a block. It’s something I have to learn from. If I had to run that play back, I’d just slip my feet and stay ahead of it. ”
Carton made the first free throw, but his second attempt bounced off the edge.
Lewis went into the paint and tapped the ball with his right hand. He hit the freshman’s shot in front of the rim and went off the back board before falling through the basket to win the game as his fellow players moved it under the basket.
“The second shot, I didn’t even look up because I wanted him to send us home,” said Lewis. “Then it went away, and I didn’t crash and dump it in.”
Marquette (3-1) earned its first victory over a top-five team since beating No. 1 Villanova 74-72 on Jan. 24, 2017.
Lewis had eight rebounds to go along with his 18 points. Carton scored 12 points and Jamal Cain added 10 to Marquette, who won despite making only one of his last five free throws. Jonathan Davis scored 12 and Nate Reuvers added 11 for Wisconsin.
Marquette was just ahead for most of the second half before Trice made two free throws with two minutes remaining. The lead went back and forth from there before the wild final sequence ended with Lewis’ suspension.
“He’s just a big-time player doing big-time drama,” Carton said. “I’m really proud of having my back. He knows I will do the same for him. ”
Wisconsin: After beating three prominent inferior opponents by an average of 28 points by the start of the year, the Badgers showed some weaknesses in their first big test of the season. They got into foul trouble early, allowed Marquette to try 28 free throws and failed to get stops down the stretch.
“We talk a lot about defense, rebounding and looking after the ball – three areas I thought we weren’t where we needed to be tonight,” said Wisconsin coach Greg Gard.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles overcame some shaky free throw shooting late and bounced back in a big way from a 70-62 home loss to Oklahoma State where they made 24 turnovers and squeezed out a 17-4 lead. early. This game should give some confidence to a team learning to play without All-America point guard Markus Howard, who led the nation with 27.8 points per game last season and ended his college career as a top scorer full-time Golden Eagles.
This loss will likely drop Wisconsin to the bottom of or just outside the top 10. This is Wisconsin’s highest ranking since reaching the No. 3 spot on March 16, 2015.
Wisconsin hosts Louisville on Wednesday.
Marquette hosts Green Bay on Tuesday.
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