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A Cold Night in Troy

November 28, 2012
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While the temperatures in Lincoln County were unseasonably warm, any shot at a season-opening road victory at Troy went out the window for Marquette as they had an epic night of long-range shooting futility leading directly to a 48-39 loss.

The first quarter was positive for a first 8:00 of the season.  After misfiring on their first two shots, the Mustangs’ Dillon Jones corralled a steal off the left wing and took it the length of the floor for a 3-2 deficit which was followed quickly by a Matt Hink bucket off a Jones dish and the first lead of the year at 4-3.  After another Troy trey to put the Trojans up 6-4, Brooks Gerrity answered with a long-range shot to put MHS up 7-6.  A quarter with only three Mustang turnovers ended with the visitors leading 11-10.

Remember that Gerrity three-pointer and the three Mustang turnovers?  One would prove to be a rarity and the other a commonplace as the second quarter proved to be the downfall on the evening for Marquette.  After a Max Sidney putback a minute into the quarter, the Mustangs would turn the ball over four times on the next seven trips down the floor, attempt three shots (all misses) and tally a lone free throw.  A one-point quarter break lead moved to a Troy 11-point halftime (31-20) bulge largely on a solid Trojan stanza featuring five of their eight three-pointers, 0/4 shooting for MHS from beyond the arc and six ballhandling miscues for the guests. 

After two empty possessions to start the second half, Chris Lenzen connected on the LAST three-pointer of the night for the Mustangs.  Better defense of their bucket, a lone turnover and a big quarter for Hink (eight of his team-high 23 points) led to a Mustang effort that looked promising as the navy-clad squad pulled to within five at 36-31 after three quarters.

With the Trojans having trouble pulling away early in the fourth, Marquette could not sustain enough offense to take advantage.  After a Matt Hink free throw at the 5:30 mark (the first points of the quarter for Marquette), the Mustangs proceeded to come down the floor three straight times with chances to cut the lead to a single possession.  Those three trips resulted in 0/2 from the free throw line, 0/1 from the field and a turnover.  After the Trojans’ leading returner Ben Chaney hit a clutch three to snuff out the Mustang hopes, the lead had ballooned to nine and any chances at a Mustang comeback faded in the midst of four turnovers in the final 2:30 of play to go along with 2/7 shooting (0/4 from beyond the arc) during that span.  In fact, for the game, while shooting a respectable 13/29 from inside the three-point stripe, the Mustangs shot an abysmal 2/21 from beyond it. 

Thanksgiving break is at hand as is a long stretch of time off before the next Mustang contest.  Marquette will next hit the hardwood on Thursday, December 6 in the Webster Classic as they take on Saint Louis University High at 8:30 in the first round of tournament action at Roberts Gymnasium.

Leading Scorer:  Matt Hink-23  Leading Rebounders:  Hink-6, Chris Lenzen-6, Tanner Stabenow-5.  Leading Assists:  Lenzen-5, Dillon Jones-3. 

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