Marquette Travels To St. John's Wednesday Night
Jan. 30, 2017
TV Info: FS2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (14-7, 5-4 BIG EAST) opens a two-game road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. CT against St. John’s (10-13, 4-6 BIG EAST) in Madison Square Garden. FS2 will feature the team’s 20th national television broadcast, with Brian Custer (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday’s outing, the Golden Eagles will travel down I-94 to face DePaul at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Series With St. John’s Contains Plenty Of History
Marquette leads the all-time series (18-10) with St. John’s and has claimed victories in 16 of the previous 21 outings.
The series began in 1959-60 and prior to the clinching of the BIG EAST title on the last day of the regular season in 2012-13, the series’ top highlight was a 65-53 Marquette win in the championship game of the 1970 National Invitation Tournament. MU claimed the title under the direction of legendary head coach Al McGuire, who played for three seasons at St. John’s (1948-51). In his first season with the Redmen, he finished third in scoring with an 8.1 points per game average. The next season, St. John’s finished with a 24-5 record as McGuire averaged 7.7 points a game. He finished his collegiate career in 1951, averaging 8.5 points per game and helping lead his team to third-place finishes in both the NIT and NCAA. The team concluded the 1951 season with a 26-5 record.
McGuire’s coaching career at Marquette included the 1977 national title, nine NCAA tournament appearances and a 295-80 overall record.
Marquette Entering Second Half Of BIG EAST Schedule
Marquette, picked to finish seventh in the BIG EAST Conference coaches poll, owns sole possession of fifth place (5-4) as the team reaches the mid-point of the league campaign and is just one game out of third.
The team has yet to face St. John’s or Xavier, but has already completed its home-and-home series with both Villanova and Seton Hall. Conference highlights so far include a win at nationally ranked Creighton and a home victory over then No. 1 Villanova.
Rowsey Provides Spark, Nearly Caps Rally Against Friars
Lost in the disappointment of dropping a 79-78 decision at home on Saturday afternoon to Providence was the effort, particularly in the second half, of junior guard Andrew Rowsey.
The Lexington, Virginia native scored 18 of his team-high 23 points in the second half, finishing the game 5-of-8 from the floor overall and 3-of-5 from long distance in just 23 minutes of action. He knocked down all 10 of his free throw attempts, with each opportunity coming after intermission.
Rowsey’s four-point play with 36 seconds on the clock nearly allowed Marquette to claim the victory. He used his patented shot fake to draw a foul at the top of the key and managed to drain the 3-pointer as he was falling down.
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