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Mustangs Prevail Over Wildcats

February 12, 2014
Marquette Mustang Basketball

Mustangs Prevail Over Wildcats

3rd Quarter Defense Vaults Marquette to Conference Win

Coming off a win on the road just 24 hours earlier, Marquette found themselves in the friendly confines of Marquette High School for the first time in about a month.  Tonight, the Mustangs faced off against the Wildcats from Eureka High School in a matchup of district and conference foes.  The night belonged to the Mustangs, as they defeated Eureka 57-48 to continue their hot streak.

The first half was an absolute roller coaster as both teams played well offensively.  Marquette would shoot a blazing 50% from behind the arc in the first half and 53% overall from the field, but foul trouble and quality shooting from the Wildcats kept the game close.  With 5:30 left in the 2nd quarter, the Mustangs claimed a 10-point lead when the foul trouble really plagued the home team.  The reserves successfully filled their roll and kept the Mustangs out front, though, and the Mustangs would lead at the half 33-27.

The offense for both teams would cool down in the 2nd half, particularly because the defense was much improved.  The Mustangs would have their best quarter of the season defensively, holding Eureka to just 2 points in the frame and outscoring the Wildcats by 8.  A nice hustle play and shot at the buzzer helped Marquette increase their halftime lead to 14 at 43-29.  But Eureka would find the hot shooting in the 4th quarter once again, hitting on what seemed like every jump shot they took.  Eureka would burn the nets for 19 points in the 4th quarter, but the Mustangs would be perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 6-6 in the final stanza and 10-10 for the game, helping the Mustangs finish off the night with another quality showing in a 57-48 victory.

Marquette will take the court once again this Friday against our friends from just down Clayton road, the Lancers of Lafayette.  Game time is set for 7:00.

Hard Hat Winner: Brooks Gerrity

For game stats, click HERE.

For highlights, click HERE.

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