Marquette Claims 58-48 Senior Day Win over DePaul
March 7, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's basketball team jumped out early on DePaul Saturday and held on fora 58-48 victory on Senior Day at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Graduate guard Matt Carlino, one of three players honored in a pregame ceremony along with Juan Anderson and Derrick Wilson, led the Golden Eagles (12-18, 4-14 BIG EAST) with 20 points. Sophomore center Luke Fischer posted 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half, and nine rebounds.
Junior forward Steve Taylor Jr., also continued his torrid pace on the glass of late by grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Taylor Jr., had 17 rebounds in MU's Wednesday night game against St. John's, a Marquette recordinBIG EAST play.
The Blue Demons (12-19, 6-12 BIG EAST) were led by 14 points from Jamee Crockett, while Myke Henry added 12 points.
Marquette's victory clinched the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship, presented by New York Life, and the Golden Eagles will face No. 8-seeded Seton Hall on Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Central time.
DePaul was held scoreless for a span of 6:02 in the first half, until Myke Henry's tip-in at the 59 second mark ended the drought. MU used the stretch to go on an 8-0 run to take a 28-19 halftime lead.
DePaul's first-half total tied its lowest output (19 points) in the first 20 minutes this season. Its previous low was vs. St. John's (1/18/15).
The Blue Demons did not attempt a free-throw in the first stanza.
Luke Fischer, who entered the game with an average of 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, amassed 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting and five rebounds, including three offensive, in the first half. Fischer finished with 17 points, including a 7-of-8 performance from the charity stripe, and 9 rebounds, which tied his career-high.
Matt Carlino, who scored a game-high 20 points, knocked down two second-half three's and went 3-of-5 from the line to total 11 points in the second stanza. Today's game marked his fifth game with 20+ points.
DePaul was limited to a season-low 32.8 percent (17-for-52) shooting and 16.7 percent (5-for-22) 3-pt shooting.
MU held an opponent under 50 points for just the third time this season and the first time since an 83-49 win over Alabama A&M back on Dec. 19.
Steve Taylor, Jr. pulled down 12 rebounds. The junior has totaled a combined 25 caroms in the last two games. He is the first MU player to grab over 10 rebounds in consecutive games this season.
DePaul's Durrell McDonald matched his second-best assist output of the season with six.
Jamee Crockett finished with a team-high 14 points for the Blue Demons, which is his 11th double-digit scoring output in conference play and his 7th consecutive game in double figures.
Marquette celebrated Senior Day, honoring Juan Anderson, Matt Carlino, and Derrick Wilson. Anderson has played in 119 career games, while Wilson has appeared in 130. Both were members of MU's 2013 BIG EAST regular-season championship team. Carlino has started 26 games this season after transferring from BYU. In fours season of college basketball he has amassed 1,589 points, 538 rebounds, and 399 assists.
Redshirt sophomore walk-on Matthew Mache made his Marquette debut with 37 seconds remaining in the game.
Marquette will be the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST tournament and will play No. 8 Seton Hall at 6 p.m. C.T. on March 11 at Madison Square Garden.
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