"We are excited," junior guard Jerel McNeal said. "We are going to try to show [Duke] exactly what we showed today."
The Golden Eagles came out hard and fast in both periods, opening up the game on a 13-2 run, and the second half on a 9-0 run.
"I think the players had an absolute mindset of how to defend and rebound the ball," Coach Tom Crean said. "Our ball movement on offense was excellent, and our best offense today for sure was a good defense. We did a good job creating turnovers."
Marquette featured five players who scored in double figures. McNeal scored a game high 20 points, including 11 second half points, while Dominic James, Wesley Matthews, Dan Fitzgerald, and David Cubillan scored 18, 13, 10, and 10 respectfully.
James, McNeal, and Matthews all contributed to the Golden Eagles' fast start. James added eight points and McNeal added five as part of the 13-2 run assembled by Marquette to begin the first half, while Matthews scored six points in the final four minutes to close out the first half. Each player also added three points to start the second half during their 9-0 run.
"This is a win they will never forget," Crean said. "Not necessarily because they won, but because of how they won. There is something that will amount from that."
The Golden Eagles as a team shot well from beyond the arc, finishing the game shooting 11-17 from 3-point range (64.7%).
Most impressively, MU's defense looked strong. The Golden Eagles forced 19 turnovers (converted into 30 points), 12 steals, and out-rebounded the Cowboys 43-28. Jerel McNeal limited OSU freshman standout James Anderson to only 14 points on 4-10 shooting and forced him to turn the ball over 4 times.
"We knew we were going to have to play tough ‘D'," McNeal said. "We knew we were going to have to fight for every board, and that's exactly what we did."
Ousmane Barro also played very convincingly, grabbing 10 boards and added a block to go along with his 5 points.
Oklahoma State played very tight defense throughout the game, not allowing the Golden Eagles to get inside and forced them to shoot from the outside. MU was limited to only 30 points in the paint.
Junior guard Terrel Harris was a bright spot for the struggling Cowboys. Harris finished with 17 points on 7-13 shooting, and also added 3 steals.
Outside of Harris, OSU shot poorly the entire game. The Cowboys finished the contest 23-59 (39%) from the field, and a dismal 4-23 (17.4%) from beyond the arc.
"They whipped us in every phase of the game," OSU Coach Sean Sutton said. "Their early, aggressive play really beat us."
MU and Duke tip off at 5:00 p.m. Hawaiian Time Wednesday.