"This was a game where we were not playing well, yet, and Idaho State was playing extremely well leading into this game," remarked Coach Tom Crean. "This game shows that we have a lot of learning left to do."
Idaho State Coach Joe O'Brien stated after the upsetting loss, "This was a tough loss, I am not used to losing games, however, I am very proud of my boys effort against a team like Marquette. The only downfall I can see in my team tonight was we didn't rebound like we should have."
The first half was only a microcosm of what would transpire between Marquette and Idaho State. Marquette shot nine of twenty-seven overall and three from twelve from behind the arch during the first half. Even with this poor shooting effort, Marquette went into the half tied with Idaho State at 28.
However, the shooting effort for Marquette only got worse in the second half as they picked up where they left off in the first half. Marquette shot ten for thirty-seven overall in the second half and two for thirteen from behind the arch. But this time, the poor shooting effort left Marquette behind Idaho State from the seventeen minute mark on. Marquette was only able to tie the game and force overtime when Jerel McNeal was fouled driving the lane with three seconds left. While driving, McNeal was cut on the eye and was unable to shoot the two free throws. Tom Crean brought Dan Fitzgerald off the bench. He missed the first and made the second to tie the game and force overtime.
Overtime started with a Dominic James three pointer and multiple chances for Marquette to extend their lead. However, a four minute drought occurred before either team scored again. The drought was ended when ISU's Senior Akbar Abdul-Ahad drained a three-pointer with fifty two seconds left. Marquette answered his three, with a pair of free throws from Ousmane Barro with twenty nine seconds remaining. After the two made free-throws, Jerel McNeal fouled ISU Senior David Schroeder with three seconds left while he was driving to the basket. Schroeder missed the front end of a one and one and Marquette escaped with the win.
Said McNeal of the narrow win, "A game like this is rough, however, it gives our team some character. We came away with a win."
Tuesday night, Marquette will next take on Detroit Mercy, who beat Maine 57-50 in Game 1 of Monday's CBE Classic doubleheader. The MU v Det game will be played at 7:30pm at Bradley Center, following the 4:30pm tip off of the Maine v. Idaho State game. The winner of Tue nights's Game #2 will advance to the CBE classic semi-finals next Mon Nov 20 in Kansas City, Missouri where they could play Texas Tech and Duke.
**Patrick Barry is a senior majoring in Accounting.