Wilsons star as MU beats Tennessee 67-59

It was the Wilsons day to shine on Sunday afternoon as Duane Wilson led the team with 30 and Derrick Wilson finished with 11 as Marquette claimed third place in the Orlando Classic tournament with a 67-59 victory over Tennessee. The Volunteers started the game with a 9-0 run and led by as many as 11, but MU finished the first half outscoring Tennessee 35-21 to take a 5pt lead into the half.

Marquette (4-3) did not have another player score more than six points, but the team shot superbly from the field, making 23-of-43 (52 percent) shots from the floor and 6-of-14 from 3-point land. That hot shooting performance overshadowed a terrible rebounding margin. Tennessee beat Marquette 40-22 on the glass, including 18 offensive boards.

Duane Wilson surpassed his career high with his first 30-point performance of the season. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and made five of his nine 3-point attempts. Several of those threes came from beyond NBA range. Duane chipped in four rebounds along with one assist and one steal. It was Marquette’s second 30-point performance of the tournament, as Matt Carlino dropped 38 in the tournament opener against Georgia Tech.

Derrick Wilson

Derrick was almost as important, scoring 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. Derrick also hit his second 3-point shot of the season, the first time he has hit more than one triple in a season.

The Wilsons scored Marquette’s final 24 points of the game.

Juan Anderson, Matt Carlino and Deonte Burton each chimed in with six points. Steve Taylor Jr. and JaJuan Johnson had four.

It was an overall impressive showing from the Golden Eagles at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Marquette pulled out two wins against middling major programs and nearly knocked off a Big Ten power in Michigan State. The Golden Eagles now get a full week to prepare for the Wisconsin Badgers as the two renew their rivalry in Milwaukee on Saturday.

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