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Mustangs Snap 3-Game Skid

January 11, 2014
Marquette Mustang Basketball



Home sweet home.  It’s been 49 days since Marquette played their last home game, and a home game was certainly needed.  Entering the night on a 3-game losing streak, the Mustangs were glad to see the inside of their gym packed with fans and felt right at home as they defeated the Lions of Northwest, 57-31.

It was a rough start for the home team as the turnovers mounted quickly for the Mustangs.  In the first 8 possessions, the Mustangs handed the ball to the Lions 6 times, and after 8 possessions, the Mustangs couldn’t tally a single point.  But a 3-pointer on the 9th possession sparked the Mustangs, and thanks to another 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Mustangs claimed an 8-5 lead at the end of 1 quarter.  The second quarter was a different story, though, as the Mustangs found their rhythm.  Marquette would tally 4 3-pointers en route to a 2nd quarter that saw the Mustangs shoot 9-13 from the field (69%) and lowered their turnovers from 8 in the first quarter to 3 in the 2nd quarter.  At the half, the Mustangs held a commanding 30-11 advantage.

Out of the locker room, Marquette was looking to continue a more consistent offensive approach throughout the 3rd quarter.  Shooting 6-12 from the field including 3-6 from behind the arc, Marquette was able to add to their lead.  The Mustangs outscored the Lions 17-6 in the quarter and built their lead to 30 at 47-17.  Although the turnover bug did happen to show its head again in the 4th quarter, Marquette still continued the consistent shooting (4-8 from the field) and tallied 4 offensive rebounds.  Some nice offensive possessions down the stretch helped Marquette finish the game strong with a 57-31 win over the Lions.

The highlight of the night, however, came before the Marquette Varsity team took the court as the West County Special Olympics played their exhibition game in front of a full gymnasium.  With their time on the floor, the athletes from SOMO showed everyone the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and unselfishness as they made play after play, basket after basket.  It was a great night for all involved, from the fans to the players.  As always, it was the best night of the year in the Mustang basketball program.

Next week will be a difficult week for the Mustangs as they play 3 excellent opponents starting Tuesday with Parkway Central at the Marquette Athletic Complex.  Game time is 7:00.  Please come out and support the Mustangs on Fight Cancer Night against the Colts.

For game stats, click HERE.

For game highlights, click HERE.

Hard Hat Winner: Spencer Osterman


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