Marquette Honors Wade, Beats Providence 69-62

In honor of Mr. Dwayne Wade, # 15 ranked Marquette continued their winning ways, as they at home downed the Providence Friars today 69-62. Golden Eagles were able to win with key rebounding and strong play from Jerel McNeal and Dan Fitzgerald. Jerel McNeal led the successful effort with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Dan Fitzgerald scored 14 points which included four clutch three point shots

In honor of Mr. Dwayne Wade, # 15 ranked Marquette Golden Eagles continued their winning ways, as they at home downed the Providence Friars today 69-62. Golden Eagles were able to win with key rebounding and strong play from Jerel McNeal and Dan Fitzgerald. Jerel McNeal led the successful effort with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Dan Fitzgerald scored 14 points which included four clutch three point shots.

After the game Coach Crean commented on the successful win, "The key of game for us was gaining the rebound margin. The last time we played Providence they did a great job of rebounding against us and won the game on the boards. Today we were able to gain the advantage on the boards." Golden Eagles out rebounded the Friars 42 to 29.

Marquette never trailed in this game and at half time was leading 33-30 with McNeal scoring 13 points in the first half. However the Friars refused to go away quietly and stayed close with the Golden Eagles until Dan Fitzgerald hit a corner three pointer with 1:52 left in the game that gave Golden Eagles a seven point lead.

Dan Fitzgerald commented after the game about his successful shooting effort, "My teammates have been pressing me that last couple of games to shoot more, and today I took their advice."

During halftime, Marquette honored the great Dwayne Wade with his jersey retired and a rafter placed in the Bradley Center in his honor.

Coach Crean commented about the halftime event and his star. "It was a special day and I am just so proud of him. I was so happy for him and his family. Dwayne is an amazing person who is so thankful for everything his has."

The Golden Eagles will look to continue their seven game winning streak in the Big East as they next take on Rutgers University this Wednesday at 7:00 at the Bradley Center.

**Pat Barry is a senior majoring in Accounting.


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