Janesville Craig’s attempt at another come-from-behind win didn’t pan out Tuesday night.

Jacob Ngobi made seven 3s and set a career-high with 35 points, but the Cougars couldn’t erase a 10-point halftime deficit in a 76-69 Big Eight Conference loss at Sun Prairie.

Marlon Ruffin, a 6-foot-5 guard drawing interest from several Division I colleges, scored 24 points to lead the Cardinals (2-0, 2-0 Big Eight).

The Cougars trailed 45-35 at halftime before taking a one-point lead with about 10 minutes to play.

Ngobi has scored 61 points in his last two games. The senior guard had 26 points, and six 3s, in Craig’s buzzer-beating win over Madison East on Saturday.

Craig (2-2, 1-2 Big Eight) made 10 3-pointers in its eighth straight loss to the Cardinals. Blake McCann had 19 points.

The Cougars face Middleton on the road Friday.


Craig (69)—Ngobi 11-6-35, McCann 7-3-19, Huml 0-3-3, Bertanoli 0-1-1, Leverson 2-0-4, Lynch 1-0-2, Ronde 1-2-4, Fieiras 2-1-5. Totals: 22-15-69.

Sun Prairie (76)—Ruffin 7-10-24, Jansen 7-0-14, Williams 2-1-7, White 2-2-6, Schaefer 3-0-9, K. Johnson 2-1-6, Hale 4-1-9, Wherley 0-1-1. Totals: 27-16-76.

Craig 35 34—69

Sun Prairie 45 31—76

3-point goals—Craig 10 (Ngobi 7, McCann 3), SP 6 (Schaefer 3, Williams 2, Austin 1). Free throws missed—SP 9, Craig 7. Total fouls—Craig 21, SP 18.

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