Billikens bewilder Marquette

Brad Soderberg's slow down style befuddled Marquette all day, and the Billikens came in and upset Marquette on Senior Day, 51-39.

Brad Soderberg's slow down style befuddled Marquette all day, and the Billikens came in and upset Marquette on Senior Day, 51-39. Anthony Drejaj led all scorers with 13 points, and Dwyane Polk added 11 for the Billikens (9-20, 6-10).

Steve Novak led Marquette (19-10, 7-9) with 10 points, and Joe Chapman had 8, but Marquette struggled generating offense all game against St. Louis's stifling defense.

Marquette led 19-14 at the half, but the Billikens kept creeping back in, and eventually took the lead at 22-21 and led most of the rest of the way, pulling away at the end. The loss kills Marquette's fleeting at large hopes, and they now must win four games in four days in the Conference USA Tournament in order to make the NCAA Tournament.

St. Louis took control of the game by pounding the ball inside to Ian Vouyoukas, who scored 10 and Izik Ohanon, who added 9. Reggie Bryant's breakaway dunk added icing on the cake as the Billikens win the likely final match up between the two Jesuit rivals, as St. Louis will be going to the Atlantic 10 next season.

Seniors Todd Townsend and Marcus Jackson had their regular season careers end on a sour note, but both played well in the final regular season game at Bradley Center. Townsend scored 8 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, and Jackson had 4 points and 8 rebounds.

Ryan Amoroso added 4 points and 2 rebounds for Marquette in 21 minutes, and Dameon Mason struggled from the field, going just 1-12 and scoring 3 points.

After the game, Townsend, Jackson, and the injured Travis Diener were honored in the Senior Day ceremonies. Townsend and Diener have won 91 games so far in their career, and were key contributors to the Final Four run. Marcus Jackson has provided the program with energy and lots of hard work the last two years after transferring from South Plains JC.

The seniors all spoke of their memories in a very emotional and touching ceremony, thanking their families and Tom Crean and the entire coaching staff. Travis, Todd and Marcus have all been excellent representatives of Marquette University and have made a lasting impact in helping to restore the rich tradition at Marquette.

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