Marquette Grabs First League Win

By David Scott - January 10, 2007


STORRS, Conn. - Amazingly enough, Marquette dominated in the paint, outscoring UConn, 38-22 in the lane. Playing with passion and maybe a little desperation, the Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Huskies 50-39 and hung on for the much-needed 73-69 win.

UConn (12-3, 1-2) did show a bit of spunk in the final three minutes, going on a 5-0 run that cut the lead to 62-53 with 2:30 left. A turnover on the ensuing inbounds by Marquette (14-4, 1-2) resulted in an empty possession when a loose ball wound up in Marquette’s hands and MU extended back to 63-53. The Huskies made it interesting by getting to within five with 52 seconds left in the game.

Dominic James hit some key free throws down the stretch (6 of 10 for the game from the line) to seal the game for MU.


. . . In the second half alone, MU had nine more rebounds than UConn, after just a two board advantage in the first stanza.

. . . Doug Wiggins (19 points, aided by some late 3s) and Jeff Adrien (18 points) led UConn, while Ousmane Barro was the game MVP (in these eyes anyway) with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Jerel McNeal added 19 and Dominic James had 17.

. . .UConn shot 32 percent for the game (19 of 60), while Marquette managed 39 percent (24 of 61). Marquette had 22 turnovers to UConn’s 21

. . . The game clocked in at a brutal, two hours, 30 minutes-plus.

. . . UConn lost two players to fouls, with both Marcus Johnson and Jerome Dyson notching five PFs each.

. . . Announced attendance was a sellout, 10,167.

. . . We’ll plan on working the post game pressers, per usual and then file a post-game columnette late night after our ride back to Hang Time HQs on the shores of the Atlantic, outside of Boston. Thanks for hanging with us and we’ll be back with you soon for more live-blogging festivities.

Posted by David Scott at 09:35 PM on January 10, 2007
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