[Wojo congratulates Senior Guard Derrick Wilson at the end of MU's 58-48 win over DePaul]
It was a quite sloppy contest, as two of the conference’s bottom-dwellers duked it out with little on the line. Both teams knew they’d be playing Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, but whether they’d play Seton Hall, Creighton or each other had yet to be decided.
It took the Golden Eagles around four and a half minutes to score their first field goal, and it arrived in the form of a Carlino trey from the top left corner.
But, all the same, Marquette came out of a downright ugly first half with a 28-19 lead. Trailing 8-7 just over seven minutes in, Fischer keyed a 21-11 run to close the half. He led the Golden Eagles with 12 points over the first 20 minutes, while Carlino knocked down three 3-pointers for nine of his own.
[Senior Matt Carlino with two of his game high 20 pts]
In the second half Marquette got its transition game working and kept a good cushion between itself and the Blue Demons the rest of the way.
Anderson gave the Golden Eagles a 37-28 lead after a DePaul miss started a fast break. The senior capped the break with a one-handed jam that got the stands going just over five minutes after halftime.
At the other end of the court, Wilson was slow to get up after fighting for the previous rebound. He was eventually able to hobble under his own power to the Marquette bench and, showcasing his resilience one more time for the home crowd, returned a few minutes later.
Carlino buried another triple with just over six minutes left in the game to put Marquette up 51-38, giving the Golden Eagles their largest lead of the night to that point.
From there, Steve Wojciechowski’s squad finally was able to hold onto a hard-fought win. The defense never let DePaul get into a rhythm late, thus snuffing out any hints at a comeback.
[Derrick Wilson went down with an ankle sprain with 11min left in the game but was able to finish the game after a locker room tape job.]
Derrick Wilson sank his final four Bradley Center free throw attempts to seal the deal in the final moments and, for good measure, both walk-ons Matthew and Michael Mache came in for Marquette’s seniors for the final seconds.
Marquette finished with 12 points on the fast break and eight points off 12 DePaul turnovers. While the Blue Demons outscored the Golden Eagles in the paint, Marquette fought harder for second chance points with 17 to DePaul’s 12.
[Luke Fischer powers in 2 of his 17 pts. He had 9 rebs and 3 blocks]
The frontcourt did a great job rebounding with Fischer and Anderson pulling down 15 boards combined, and junior Steve Taylor Jr. grabbing 12 on his own off the bench. Taylor Jr. finished his season with 29 rebounds in his last two games.
With a matchup against Seton Hall in the Big East tournament next up on the schedule, Marquette’s 2014-15 campaign is closed to finished, but the Golden Eagles sent a good Bradley Center crowd home happy.