St Johns 67 MU 51

On a night where the program celebrated the late, great Al McGuire, the result on Wednesday night was more reminiscent of the coach’s first year at Marquette rather than his last. The Golden Eagles would fall by a score of 67-51 on Al’s Night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

[Matt Carlino scored 17pts vs St John's]

After missing their initial shots, St. John’s got the first point of the evening from behind the arc. On the next possession, Carlino would get a triple of his own to tie the contest. The lead would go back and forth for the next few possessions, with shots not falling for both sides. With a little more than 11 minutes to go and a two-point lead, Jajuan Johnson deflected the Johnnies’ pass to the hands of Derrick Wilson who got it to back to Johnson on the break. Johnson would throw down an emphatic dunk to give the Golden Eagles a four-point lead. That would equal their largest lead of the half.

The teams would trade buckets for the next few possessions. For much of the latter part of the half, St. John’s was unable to take advantage of Marquette’s miscues.

[Jajuan Johnson scored 7 pts and grabbed 5 rebs in 19 min.]

Right below the 10 minute mark, the Red Storm went on a 6-2 run to give themselves an 18-16 advantage with 7:42 to go in the first half.

Marquette would only see the lead once more in the half courtesy of a Johnson three a few possessions later to make it a 21-19 game.

The next five minutes belonged to the Red Storm, as Steve Lavin’s crew went on a 14-3 run. At the one-minute mark, St. John’s held a convincing 33-24 lead. However, Carlino would get the Golden Eagles back into the contest with a three to cut the lead down to six.

{Steve Taylor had 17 boards in 31 min]

After Marquette added another bucket, Carlino received a technical after exchanging words with the official over a perceived missed call. The Red Storm would convert the foul shots to extend the lead to seven. St. John’s went into the locker room with a 34-27 advantage with 13 points from Rysheed Jordan.

On Marquette’s second possession of the second half, Carlino would nail a trey to pull the deficit to only four. On the ensuing possession the Golden Eagles had the opportunity to make it a one-possession game, but an offensive foul on Steve Taylor Jr. gave possession back to the Johnnies. On the other end of the court, D’Angelo Harrison made the Golden Eagles pay by hitting a shot from long range to push the lead back to 7.

[Wojo gets Tee'd up after a frustrating 'no call' down low on a Luke Fischer move to the hoop.]

From that point on, it was all St. Johns. Following a technical foul against the Marquette bench, St. John’s lead was nine and growing.

For the next few minutes the teams traded buckets, allowing Marquette to make it a two-possession game. However, it was Harrison who crushed the comeback hopes with a critical three to make the extend the lead to nine points with just under 10 minutes to go in the contest.

The rest of the evening the Johnnies were red-hot from downtown, shooting a ridiculous 72.7 percent in the second half. The Red Storm would finish the game shooting 50 percent from behind the arc for the game. They would use this hot shooting to push the lead to 16, their largest of the game en route to the easy victory.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Golden Eagles, as Steve Taylor Jr. led the way with 17 rebounds, including 11 on the defensive end.

Jordan would lead all scorers with 23 points. Harrison would add 21 points, three assists, and two steals to help the Red Storm secure their 10th conference win.

[Luke Fischer scored 13 pts, 5 rebs and 3 blocks but was just 3 for 10 from the FT line]

The Golden Eagles were led by Matt Carlino on the offensive end, who finished his night 17 points. Luke Fischer scored 13 points five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Golden Eagles from dropping their 14th game in conference play.

The loss hands Marquette their 18th loss of the season, and their 12th in the last 14 games.

The Golden Eagles say goodbye to the seniors on Saturday, as they take on DePaul at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for their last home game of the season. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. CT.

[Seniors Derrick Wilson and Juan Anderson will be honored on Senior day this Saturday vs DePaul.

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