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MADISON, Wis. Jason Williams Jersey . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. Count out Marquettes maddeningly frustrating two-minute stretch to open the second half, and coach Buzz Williams believes his team would have had a much better shot at beating No. 8 Wisconsin. Only that the Golden Eagles didnt have an answer for Sam Dekker, the energetic sophomore who had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Badgers hold off a late rally for a 70-64 win in the latest entertaining contest between the intrastate rivals. Jamil Wilson scored 22 points, including a 3 from the wing that capped a 10-2 run to draw Marquette (5-4) within three. But Frank Kaminsky then nailed a straightaway 3 with 1:18 left for the Badgers (10-0), who are off to the best start in 20 years. "One stop. I said it as soon as I got in the shower -- one stop away. I said it to myself," Wilson said. "If we wouldve got one stop, or stopped one offensive rebound, just gotten one extra defensive rebound ... One stop and this game wouldve been ours." Williams remembers those early misses to start the second half. Wilson missed a layup. Point guard Derrick Wilson missed a floater. Center Chris Otule misfired on a bucket from less than a foot away. The hustling Badgers pounced for a 7-2 run that quickly extended their lead to eight points Timeout Marquette with 17:59 left. "In that sequence right there ... if you removed those two minutes, the rest of the way we outscored them by one," Williams estimated. Too many misses to overcome, though. Marquette had one last chance after 6-foot-8 Davante Gardner hit a 3 from the wing to get to 68-64 with 4 seconds left. Gardner had muscled his way to the bucket for most of his 16 points. But Josh Gasser closed it out with two foul shots. The Badgers were soon on their way to singing a school anthem in front of the student section to celebrate their first win over Marquette since a 69-64 victory in Milwaukee in 2010. Gasser finished with 10 points and sparked the Badgers with his trademark defensive hustle. "Ive always thought coach (Bo) Ryans teams were tough, and they were definitely the toughest team today," Williams said. Ben Brust added 13 points, 10 in the second half. The third member of Wisconsins dependable backcourt, Traevon Jackson, scored 12 after going 6 of 7 from the foul line after halftime, and added seven assists. Up front, Dekker puzzled the Golden Eagles with his inside-out game. He finished 7 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Advantage Badgers this year in Dekkers hometown of Sheboygan. "The citys pretty split, Marquette-Wisconsin-wise," Dekker said. "To have a chance to get a win tonight and also play well doing that is very gratifying." Dekker found the 7-foot Kaminsky for a dunk off an alley-oop pass early in the second half. Then Kaminsky returned the favour, connecting with his teammate for an alley-oop dunk for a 48-38 lead with about 10 minutes left in the game. Gasser tracked down a loose ball and drove the lane to draw defenders, only to pass to Dekker wide open from the corner for a 3 and an 11-point lead with about 8 minutes left. Dekker might be a go-to guy with the ball, but Gasser is just as important to Wisconsin for his ability to draw charges and guard an opposing teams best player. "Well, you know ... Josh Gasser. Now you guys are going to write that down -- its the shortest answer Ive ever given in the history of questions -- hes a leader," Ryan said. Marquette had experience and muscle in the frontcourt with Gardner, the 6-foot-11 Chris Otule (11 points) and 6-foot-7 Wilson. A 3-point play by Otule off an offensive rebound got Marquette within 57-51 with 3 minutes left. But until the late 3s from Wilson and Gardner, the Golden Eagles rarely took a shot from long range. Marquette played without perhaps its best 3-point shooter, Todd Mayo, who practiced this week but only watched Saturdays game from the bench for what Williams called a violation of team rules. Kyle Anderson Jersey . Its other five picks were all six foot or better, with three at 6-1 or above. Third-round pick Brett Lernout stands six foot four and weighs 206 pounds. Bryant Reeves Jersey . In the last race before the Sochi Olympics, Bjoergen followed up her win in the 10-kilometre classical race on Saturday by beating World Cup sprint leader Denise Herrmann of Germany by 0.43 seconds for her fifth victory of the season. https://www.cheapgrizzlies.com/824p-josh...zlies.html .B. -- Canadas Rachel Homan opened the Ford Womens World Curling Championship with a 7-5 win over Russia on Saturday.VANCOUVER -- Camilo Sanvezzos dramatic departure from the Vancouver Whitecaps stunned the club and its supporters. The Brazilian star striker forced his way out of town in unprecedented fashion, first practising with Mexicos Queretaro F.C. before having his photograph taken in the teams kit -- all while he was still under contract in Major League Soccer. With no other option, the Whitecaps finally sold the reigning MLS Golden Boot winner and his 22 goals in mid-January. Viewed as a disaster by many, captain Jay DeMerit sees opportunity for the remaining strikers with the clubs pre-season training schedule already underway. "With Camilo being gone, something we have to make these guys understand is theres a spot open now," said the veteran defender. "A lot of times, when youre a competitor you look for opportunities to come in and make a difference. "With that spot being open, theres guys that have that chance. Ultimately as a pro you want that chance." One of those guys up front is 20-year-old Omar Salgado. The first overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Salgado has been hampered by injury early in his career. Now healthy, he will be counted on, along with fellow strikers Kenny Miller, Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks, to pick up the slack. "Its one person less to compete with and we have to make up for those 22 goals he scored," Salgado said after Fridays fitness testing. "Between all the forwards were going to have to accomplish that. "Im feeling really good. Im feeling better than I have in the past year and a half so Im excited about this year and excited about the start of the season." Although theres opportunities up front with the Whitecaps, there are also many question marks. Miller, the clubs only current designated player, was also hampered by injury last season and its unclear where the 34-year-old stands with his contract set to expire in June. Mattocks, 23, fell out of favour with former manager Martin Rennie last year and blasted the team on Jamaican television after the season. Manneh, meanwhile, burst on to the scene with a memorable hat trick against the Seattle Sounders, but its hard to pin your goal-scoring hopes on a 19 year old. Miller, Mattocks and Manneh werent made available to the media Friday, but rookie Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said hes pleased with the different styles his current stable of strikers provide. "What they do is they offer me flexibility in the forward positions depending on what system I decide to play, which I know -- having variations of players playing in multiple positions," said Robinson. "Omar can play wide left, he can play centre forward. Lorenzen Wright Jersey. Kekuta can play wide left, centre forward or in the hole (behind the strikers), Kenny the same. "Obviously disappointed to lose Camilo -- losing 22 goals is a big thing -- but I want players that want to be here and if he doesnt want to be here then he shouldnt be here. Thats put to bed now and we move on." And although hes happy to sing the praises of his current strike quartet, its clear Robinson is eager to add more bodies to his attack. "I think its no secret and part of its how I want to put my stamp on this team," said the former Welsh international. "It might not be one, it might be two forward-thinking players and creative players. I think weve lacked a little bit of creativity over the last two years since Ive been here. "I think thats what we need to do to incorporate the strengths of the players already here." To say Robinsons first six weeks on the job have been hectic would be a gross understatement. His baptism by fire started with the Camilo saga and moved on to the MLS SuperDraft. Now a week into training camp, which opened Monday at the University of British Columbia, Robinson has finally had time to breathe. "Its been different. Its been exciting. I think the boys have bought into what me and the coaches have wanted to do," said Robinson. "Weve made it exciting for them. Weve made it enthusiastic and theyve put in the work. "I dont think you can really envisage anything after the first couple of weeks Ive had on the job but it is what it is. Its football, its soccer and you move forward. Im excited with this group that I have." With 13 of the 23 players on the first team being 23 years of age or younger, one of the veterans Robinson will count on in his inaugural season will be DeMerit. "One thing I always said was when I got an opportunity to be a manager, I will use the experience of the senior players," said Robinson. "Ive been there and Ive done it and I know what senior guys you need to be important within your team, on the field as well as off the field." DeMerit, 34, showed his commitment and resolve last season when he suffered a devastating Achilles injury in the first game, only to return in time to try to help the Whitecaps in their failed attempt to make the playoffs. "As older leaders of this group, its our job to help him," said DeMerit. "Theres a lot of young guys here that need that little push sometimes or that bit of mentorship or that little bit of leadership. "Myself and a couple of other guys will take that leadership role this year and were looking forward to it." ' ' '
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