Ohio State 74 Marquette 63

Marquette was beaten at its own game by a more talented team Tuesday night in a 74-63 loss to Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ high pressure defense and transition game overwhelmed the Golden Eagles in their first road loss of the season, as key missed shots prevented any chance of a comeback.

Ohio State was lights-out from the field shooting 65.3 percent, which did little to help the Golden Eagles who finished at 46 percent, but still managed 17 assists on 23 made baskets.

Junior Steve Taylor Jr. led all scorers with 20 points, but graduate senior Matt Carlino was the only other double-digit scorer for Marquette. Sophomore Deonte Burton made just one of his four field goal attempts over 13 minutes of play, while sophomore Jajuan Johnson made only two of eight field goals over 31 minutes.

Meanwhile, four Ohio State players scored in double-digits, led by Kam Williams’ team-high 15 points, as the Buckeyes closed out Marquette in the second half, following a six-point halftime lead. Marquette scored 30 points in the paint, but allowed 42 (32 in the second half).

Steve Wojciechowski’s squad had its moments in transition and at times did a good job working the ball down to Taylor Jr., but the Golden Eagles could never quite get into a steady offensive rhythm due to missed open looks and poor shot selection.

Ohio State scored 20 points on the fast break, and after turning the ball over 13 times in the first 20 minutes, the Buckeyes committed just five giveaways in the second half.

In its first big chance to turn heads in the polls, Marquette didn’t punish the Buckeyes enough for their early mistakes. The shots kept falling on defense, and the Golden Eagles were eventually left behind, unable to keep up with Ohio State’s furious offensive tempo.

Here are some post game quotes from Steve Wojociechowski on the AM540 ESPN Radio post game show with Steve 'the Homer' True and Jim McIlvaine.

[Wojo] ”In the first half we forced 13 turnovers and we came out in the 2nd half and our defense was non existent. They are a good team they have a lot of offensive weapons. They score the ball easy. But again our transition defense has to improve big time.

[Mac: Can you talk about the output of Steve Taylor JR?]

Wojo: “I think that Steve is a very important player for us for the entire year but especially while Luke is out until mid December. He is really our low post presence. When we got him the ball he did good things with it. Steve’s a good player. I think he could an efficient offensive player.

[Homer: Their 2- 2- 1 full court press – looked like you beat it…and got good shots and drives]

Wojo: I thought we had a lot of unforced turnovers. We had 5 turnovers at the break[Half] and 2 of the turnovers were wide open lay-ups where we dribble it off our legs. We left a lot of points on the table. We had careless turnovers and we have challenges offensively so when you have a hard time scoring you can not have empty possessions especially when you miss easy baskets. Overall I thought we got good shots. We were just too careless with the ball. The story of our game was our transition defense.

[Homer: In the 2nd half they were shooting over 70% on non 3 pt baskets] Wojo: “We don’t have a traditional rim protector. We have to do a much better job protecting our basket. We don’t have shot blockers so we have to put bodies on people and be much more physical in the paint and do a much better job talking and communicating.

[Homer: of the 50 shots taken 23 were 3 pt shots. Is there a certain percentage that you want in your offense?]

[Matt Carlino vs Ohio State]

Wojo: “ It’s hard to put a percentage on it. I think we want to take good shots. We want to attack the paint before we take a 3. I thought we had some quick 3’s. Anytime we got to the paint on dribble penetration or we hit the post and we got relocation 3’s I think we really shot a high percentage. It’s the quick shots and bad shots. We cannot have empty possessions and bad shots. We will have to take a look at that and have to emphasize what a quality shot is.

[Homer: You knew OSU was good but what was your overall thought of the game? Was it your defense?]

Wojo: I think we have to be much better defensively. You cannot give up 70% (FG %) in the 2nd half and expect to beat a good team or beat anyone. Our defense or lack thereof was the story of the game. We have to become a tougher basketball team. We have a lot of young guys who are being thrust into roles they have never been in before and we are asking them to do things for an extended period of time at a level they have never had to do it. So we need guys to grow up quickly and we need to get better especially on the defensive end.

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