Marquette Deals Friars Disappointing Loss

Coming home in between road trips, the Friars faced Marquette on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 9,469 despite harsh weather conditions earlier in the day. The Friars looked to bump to 2-5 in Big East play and take down the 22nd nationally ranked Golden Eagles, but Marquette had other plans and beat the Friars on their home court, 79-72.

The Friars started the game well, capturing an early 8 point lead at 14-6 and staying poised in hopes of an upset. Their offense was flowing and their defense was looking to make stops at every opportunity, but the Golden Eagles, led by phenomenal forward play in Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, pushed the Marquette offense to unprecedented heights, resulting in 75% shooting from 3 point territory (making 6 of their 8 attempts) and 43.8% from the field in the first half, with bench player Jamil Wilson playing equally efficiently.

Despite a tremendous offensive flow by Marquette, the Friars were able to take a one point lead at the half, 40-39. However, it was clear that something special was happening on the Marquette side that the Friars needed to stop immediately in the second half.

They weren't so lucky. Marquette came out of the gates even hotter than before. The Friars would get 18 second chance points and another 13 off turnovers for the game to keep them close, but that was only if Marquette missed or turned the ball over, which they didn't do much of in the second half.

Though the Golden Eagles had 12 turnovers for the game to help keep the Friars competitive, it wasn't enough to stop 68.2% shooting in the second half from the field, including a perfect 100% shooting from 3 point land, going 3-3 in the second half. With about ten minutes to play, a shooting drought that the Friars couldn't overcome for 7 minutes put a competitive and winnable game for the Friars out of reach.

The Friars had a gap as wide as 13 between them and the Golden Eagles with 2:13 left in the game, and despite out rebounding Marquette 40-33, including 21 offensive glass rebounds, the Friars weren't able to overcome the deficit and dropped to 1-6 in Big East play while Marquette improved to 5-2.

Providence's own Bryce Cotton lead the Friars in scoring, dropping 26 on 8-17 shooting, including 3-6 on 3 pointers. Vincent Council added 11 points and 7 assists with 4 turnovers for the Friars, but only went 2-13 on shooting. Gerard Coleman and Kadeem Batts had off nights, both going 3-9 on shooting, however Kadeem logged in a respectable 11 rebounds to help the Friars, including 7 offensive boards. LaDontae Henton continued to be an all around player and is emerging as a fan favorite, this outing having a 14 point, 7 rebound effort.

The Friars return to the road for a two game trip, playing a struggling Pittsburgh team on Wednesday, who are still searching for their first Big East win, followed by a trip to South Florida on Saturday, before returning home to play Rutgers on February 1.

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