Marquette Falls to Michigan in 2K Classic, 79-61

Nov. 17, 2016

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NEW YORK – A late-comeback effort came up short for Marquette, which fell to Michigan, 79-61, in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The Golden Eagles will face Pittsburgh in the third-place game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Central time.

Marquette (2-1) put three players in double figures, led by Luke Fischer’s 19 points and five rebounds, while Haanif Cheatham chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Jajuan Johnson added 11 points.

The Golden Eagles trailed by as many as 29 points, but fought back with a 15-2 run capped by a pair of Markus Howard free throws late in the second half, cutting the deficit to 12 points, 67-55. However, Michigan (3-0) would respond with a Zak Irvin 3-pointer with 4:27 remaining and MU was unable to get any closer.

MU trailed 50-26 at the half after 12 of their 15 turnovers came in the opening 20 minutes. Michigan shot 59 percent in the opening stanza and 51 percent for the game.

The Wolverines put five players in double figures, led by Irvin’s 16 points. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Mark Donnal chipped in 15 points each.

The Golden Eagles continue action in the 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, on Friday as they face Pittsburgh, which fell to SMU, 76-67, in the first semifinal on Thursday night. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Central time and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.




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