Marquette Tops Providence, 75-66, in First BIG EAST WIn
Jan. 3, 2015
MILWAUKEE - Marquette held off a late second half rally from Providence to earn its first BIG EAST Conference win on Saturday afternoon against Providence, 75-66, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center
The Friars pulled within four points on a LaDontae Henton 3-pointer with just 37 seconds remaining, but the Golden Eagles (9-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) hit five of six free throws down the stretch to improve to 9-0 all-time against PC in Milwaukee.
Henton, the BIG EAST's leading scorer, poured in a game-high 28 points for Providence (11-4, 1-1 BIG EAST), which blocked 10 MU shots in the loss.
Marquette was able to prevail after leading by as many as 12 points on Saturday after blowing a 13-point second half lead against DePaul in its BIG EAST opener on New Year's Eve.
The Golden Eagles erased an early seven-point deficit to begin the game after Cohen entered and promptly hit consecutive 3-pointers. MU would go up by as many as five points in the first half but PC tied the score, 33-33, just before the half on a pair of free throws from center Paschal Chukwu.
Cohen was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor in the first half and topped his previous career high of 11 points in just seven first half minutes.
Fischer, MU's leading scorer entering Saturday's contest with 13.6 points through his first five games in Blue and Gold, made his first career start against the Friars.
Marquette is 8-2 all-time in its first BIG EAST home game of each season since joining the league for the 2005-06 campaign. MU is also 14-5 against the Friars in 19 meetings and has captured 11 of the last 12 contests in the series.
The Golden Eagles resume BIG EAST Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 6 against Georgetown at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. at 6 p.m. Central time. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.
•MU is 8-2 all-time in its first BIG EAST home game of the season since joining the league for the 2005-06 campaign.
•Marquette leads the all-time series with the Friars 14-5, including a perfect 9-0 record in Milwaukee.
•Trailing 12-7, Sandy Cohen, III entered the game and hit back-to-back 3-pointers. A Juan Anderson steal after Cohen's second three allowed Jajuan Johnson to hit a lay-up to give Marquette a 15-14 edge. A 10-2 run gave MU a 17-14 lead with 10:37 remaining the first half.
•Providence's LaDontae Henton hit two threes in consecutive possessions after the Friars fell behind 23-18. Cohen was able to answer both jumpers with two lay-ups, but the Friars tied it up at 27 at the 4:28 mark when Paschal Chukwu was fouled while finishing a dunk.
•Cohen tallied a new career-high with 12 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting all in seven first half minutes.
•Providence entered the matchup turning the ball over 11.9 times per game. The Friars coughed up the ball 11 times in the first half today and finished with 17. Kris Dunn averages just four turnovers per game; however he committed eight, including seven in the first half.
•The 33-33 halftime score is the first time Marquette has been tied with its opponent going into the locker room.
•Marquette began the second-half on a 15-9 run that featured eight points from Matt Carlino during the stretch and an and-one lay-up from Anderson.
•The Golden Eagles assumed their largest lead of the game at 12 (58-46) after Johnson grabbed a rebound and found a streaking Anderson for a lay-up with 9:56 remaining.
•Henton had 17 of his 28 total points in the second half. He cut Providence's deficit to four (70-66) with 37 seconds to play with his sixth three of the game.
•Marquette pulled down 37 rebounds compared to Providence's 31. Johnson set a new career-high with 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles. All eight MU players who saw time grabbed at least one rebound.
•The Golden Eagles turned the ball over just 11 times and only one MU player committed more than three errors.
•Henton, who racked up 35 points in PC's previous outing vs. Creighton and entered the game as the BIG EAST's leading scorer at 21 points per game, finished with 28 today on 9-of-22 shooting.
•Henton's six threes were the most an opponent has hit against MU this season.
•Anderson finished with a team-high 18 points, including 12 in the second-half, on 6-of-8 shooting.
•Marquette assisted on 18 of its 27 made field goals, while the Friars assisted on 17 of their 23 made field goals. Derrick Wilson tied his season high with five helpers, while Johnson tied a career high with five of his own. Dunn finished with eight to lead Providence.
•Providence finished with 10 blocks, the most rejections by a MU opponent this season. Chukwu tallied four for the Friars.
•Sophomore Luke Fischer made his first career start after coming off the bench during his first five games in uniform this season.
•New walk-on twins Matthew and Michael Mache suited up for the first time this season for MU. The redshirt sophomore twins from Glen Ellyn, Ill. joined the roster in January after serving as managers for Marquette's women's basketball team for the past two and a half seasons.
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