Carlino's Three Lifts Marquette over Creighton, 53-52
Jan. 14, 2015
MILWAUKEE - Matt Carlino's 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds remaining allowed Marquette to escape with a 53-52 victory over Creighton on Wednesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as Carlino and redshirt freshman Duane Wilson combined to score all 25 of MU's second half points.
The Golden Eagles (10-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) trailed by four points with just under a minute to play when Carlino took over. The graduate student hit a step back 18-foot jumper on the left wing with 51 seconds to play to pull MU within a pair, 52-48, before Creighton's Will Artino was called for a travel with just 21 seconds left.
After a Marquette timeout, Carlino hit the game-winner towards the top of the key and MU held the Bluejays off the board the final 11 seconds as Artino missed on the game's final shot from the paint.
Carlino posted a game-high 19 points, including 11 in the second half, while Duane Wilson also scored 14 of his 17 points in the final 20 minutes of play.
Creighton (9-9, 0-5 BIG EAST) was paced by 13 points from Rick Kreklow, while Berlin, Wisconsin-native Toby Hegner added 10 points and six rebounds.
After falling behind 9-6 while missing their first five 3-point attempts, the Golden Eagles used a 22-3 run midway through the first half to build their largest lead of the frame at 26-12.
A 3-pointer from James Milliken with 2:29 remaining in the half ended a Creighton field goal drought of over nine and a half minutes during which the Jays were 0-for-15 from the floor. Creighton hit its last three attempts from deep to end the half and was able to cut what was once a 14-point deficit to just seven points on a Kreklow 3-pointer with two seconds remaining.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening 20 minutes as MU shot 39.3 percent from the floor and Creighton hit just 26.7 percent of its shots (8-of-30).
The Golden Eagles resume BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Central time against Xavier at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.
Marquette leads the all-time series with the Bluejays 49-30, after claiming its first victory over Creighton as fellow BIG EAST Conference members.
After missing its first five shots from beyond the arc, Sandy Cohen III, Duane Wilson, Derrick Wilson, and Matt Carlino hit five of MU's next six attempts, including four consecutive, to give MU a 21-11 (7:29) lead after trailing 9-4.
During this span the Bluejays hit just one of their 10 attempts from three.
Marquette went on a 22-3 run after trailing 9-4 from 12:02 to 2:29 - a span of 9:35. During the run Creighton missed 15 shots and ended the streak with a James Milliken three.
By holding the Bluejays to 21 first half points, MU marked its third-lowest total given up in the first 20 minutes this season. Creighton was limited to its second smallest scoring output in a first stanza in the 2014-15 campaign.
A Devin Brooks tip-in at the 7:32 mark gave Creighton a 42-41 lead. Its first since the Bluejays claimed an 11-9 lead with 12:02 to play in the first.
Duane Wilson's free throw with 5:56 to play broke a 5:51 scoreless streak after Wilson's three gave MU a 41-33 lead at the 11:47 mark. During this drought the Bluejays were able to go on a 9-0 run.
Marquette was held without a field goal from the 11:47 mark of the second half until Duane Wilson connected on a layup with just 1:41 remaining, a span of 10:06.
Carlino's three from the top of the key with 11.2 seconds reaming gave Marquette a 53-52 victory.
Carlino and Wilson totaled all 25 points the Golden Eagles scored in the second half. Wilson had 14 of the points, while Carlino closed the game with the last two field goals made and 11 second half points.
Duane Wilson scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, his highest total scoring output since Dec. 16 vs. Arizona State. Wilson hit three 3-pointers on Wednesday night, more than the two combined he has connected on since landing five against Tennessee on Nov. 30.
Rick Kreklow tallied 13 points, eight of which came in the second stanza, marking the second highest total of his career.
Creighton's James Milliken matched his career high with four assists.
Juan Anderson's nine rebounds were his most since playing North Dakota on Dec. 22 and his largest total in BIG EAST play.
Derrick Wilson's five assists tie his most during BIG EAST competition this season. He also set a new career high by connecting on both of his 3-point attempts on the evening.
Former Marquette volleyball player Elizabeth Koberstein received the prestigious McCahill Award during the first half of tonight's game. The award is given to a student-athlete who has graduated the previous year and has left a legacy of excellence in competition, in the classroom, and in the community.
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