Marquette was down 43-40 at halftime, and they trailed 48-44 early in the second half before going on a 16-1 run to put the game away. PG Diener was subbed with 11:34 left in the game and MU leading 52-48 as Crean went with a youthful lineup of Freshmen Brandon Bell, Dameon Mason and Carleton Christian along with Sophomores Steve Novak and Grimm. When Diener returned at the 9:00 mark, MU was ahead 60 –49. Tulane was held without a FG for 9 minutes in 2nd half.
Marquette outscored Tulane, 53-33, with Grimm in the game[18-28 without him], including 19-8 with Grimm/2-16 without in first half. Steve Novak added 16 points and seven rebounds for Marquette and showed some post up moves inside. Starter Scott Merritt played just 13 minutes and scored just two points and had 2 rebs.
Tulane (10-13, 3-9) remained winless on the road this season. Tulane has lost 11 straight road games dating back to '02-03.
Crean said that every week a member of his bench is getting better…Mason, Christian, Bell and now Grimm.
Marquette's victory was secured when super-fan Freeway Mike began shouting , "No one can stop the Grimm reaper…no one can stop the reaper."…from behind the MU bench.
Crean said it was a thrill for his team to meet and hear from the '74 Final Four team… "We will honor the past and try to build on it."
Mason had 10 pts and 7 rebs as he continued to drive to the lane and use the trampoline to shoot over opponents. In second half, Mason missed a lob jam and subsequent reverse tip in off a fast break pass from Diener. When Mason gets it all figured out, I want to be in the Bradley Center to see it.