Xavier Pulls Away for 64-44 Win at Marquette

Juan Anderson narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.
Feb. 10, 2015

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MILWAUKEE - Despite an early 11-point lead, Marquette fell to Xavier 64-44 on Tuesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.

The Golden Eagles (11-13, 3-9 BIG EAST) were paced by 12 points from redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson and 11 points from senior Juan Anderson. Anderson also grabbed nine rebounds to narrowly miss Marquette's first double-double of the season. 

Xavier (16-9, 7-6 BIG EAST) freshman Trevon Bluiett led a quartet of Musketeers with 14 points on the evening.

Marquette jumped out to an early 16-5 lead on 62 percent shooting (8-of-13) before managing just three buckets for the remainder of the first half and entered the break trailing 28-25.

Xavier outscored MU 36-19 in the second half as the Golden Eagles shot just 28.0 percent after the intermission.

MU returns to action at noon CT in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 14 against Creighton. 

Game Notes:

•Marquette took a 16-5 lead at the 12:29 mark of the first half on 62 percent shooting (8-of-13). Following that point Xavier outscored MU 23-9 to finish the half using 50 percent shooting (9-of-18) after falling behind 11 points.

•The Golden Eagles were limited to just 21.4 percent shooting (4-of-13) over the final 12:29 of the opening stanza.

•Marquette totaled just 19 second half points, its lowest total of the season in the final 20 minutes. The Golden Eagles final output of 44 was their second lowest of the season (38, vs. Wisconsin, Dec. 6) and lowest in conference play (53, vs. Creighton, Jan. 14) 

•Marquette's 20-point loss is its largest defeat in BIG EAST play.

•Xavier, the BIG EAST's highest scoring offense at 77.2 points per game, was held to just 64 points, its second lowest output of the season. The Musketeers lowest total was 62 points against MU on Jan. 17. 

•The Musketeers, who also lead the BIG EAST in field goal percentage 49 percent per game, was limited to 38.2 percent shooting (21-of-55). XU finished 6-of-15 from three (40 percent), outpacing their average of 34 percent. 

•In a battle between the BIG EAST's two highest scoring freshman, Trevon Bluiett (12.3 ppg) and Duane Wilson (11.7 ppg), Bluiett and Wilson were their team's leading scorers with 14 and 12, respectively.  

•With Matt Carlino on the sideline for the second consecutive game, MU was without the fourth leading scorer in the BIG EAST. Carlino had his largest conference output when the two squad's met in Cincinnati, when Xavier won 62-58 despite 27 points (6-of-9 3FG) from the graduate student.  

•MU had just seven eligible scholarship players with Carlino's absence and managed only one bench point from Sandy Cohen III. 

•During the January matchup, the two teams combined to hit 17 three-pointers (Carlino and Remy Abell combined for 11 threes). Tonight the squads hit only nine combined.

•Marquette's coaching staff wore the Autism Speaks logo pin on their lapels during tonight's game in support of the Coaches Powering Forward for Autism Program. In a tradition started last hoops season as over 82 NCAA coaches and broadcasters supported the foundation by wearing the light blue puzzle piece. 




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