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Mustangs Totally Lethargic in Loss to SLUH at Webster Classic

December 10, 2010
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Mustangs Totally Lethargic in Loss to SLUH at Webster Classic

Coming off an exciting season-opening win against Troy four days earlier and a chance to advance to the winner's bracket at the prestigious PNC Bank Webster Classic, Marquette was primed to play at a high level in tonight's contest versus Saint Louis University High.  Unfortunately, nothing but the opposite was reality as an appropriate ending to the dismal game spelled a 48-46 defeat for the Mustangs.

The story of this game was second-chance points for the Junior Billikens.  The Mustang defense was for the most part adequate against SLUH, but the absolutely incredible amount of times that SLUH was able to capture a loose ball and turn it into points spelled disaster for MHS.  In the first quarter alone, SLUH was able to track down SIX basketballs that could just as well have captured.  Amazingly enough, even with that, Marquette led it 10-11 at the end of a period.

FIVE more "gets" for SLUH (four of which resulted in either treys or buckets) lowlighted the second quarter.  Even with the aforementioned 11 give-ups, the Mustangs still led it 25-22 at the end of a half.

The third quarter featured a Junior Billiken team that sensed that they had a real shot at victory.  Though, trailing they were clearly the team taking the initiative.  Four more wins in the 50/50 ball category enabled SLUH to go on a 10-2 run to start the second half and take a 32-27 lead.  A three-pointer by senior Zack Ploeger and a great inside move by junior Ryan Rosburg tied it to give the Mustangs some degree of momentum heading into the fourth.

SLUH quickly stretched the lead back to six quickly in the fourth but the Mustangs had a last gasp.  After two Rosburg free throws late, Marquette had a three point lead with 1:41 left on the clock.  Again, a Junior Billiken freed himself though and the ensuing three-pointer splashed home to tie it.  Rosburg followed that with a dunk off a feed from freshman Garrett Roberts to put the Mustangs up two.  Once AGAIN, SLUH answered with a three when the Mustangs lost track of the blue-clad shooters for the visitors on the scoreboard and trailed by one with under  40 ticks left.  A ½ performance by Marquette with just under :30 left tied it and SLUH called time out to set up a play with under 20 seconds to play.  The Mustangs were unable to contain a dribbler and when the wild, erratic shot fell short, the SLUH center was able to grab it in mid-air after the interior Mustang defense fell off to help and the subsequent tip-in with 4.5 seconds left spelled a two-point win, a ticket to the semi-finals and a third straight win over the Mustangs for SLUH.

Besides the aforementioned EIGHTEEN loose ball victories for SLUH, the Mustangs' lack of effort in that department was worsened by an 18/28 performance from the charity stripe and dismal 12/37 shooting (5/30 if Rosburg's interior game was taken away) overall and 4/15 from beyond the arc.

Marquette takes on Maplewood-Richmond Heights tomorrow at 4pm in the consolation side of the Webster bracket.

Leading Scorers:  Ryan Rosburg-24, Zack Ploeger-10.  Leading Rebounders:  Zack Ploeger-8, Alex Winter-4.  Leading Assists:  three tied with 3.

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