A tied game at the half, 24th-ranked Marquette used a late run in the second to pull ahead and take the 74-55 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon, in Milwaukee, Wisc. The Blue Hose were led by freshman Adam Flagler with 20 points and junior JC Younger with 12 points, both of whom recorded four three-pointers in the game.
Scoring the Game
The Blue Hose used a strong perimeter game and solid defense to keep the game close with the top 25 team in the first half. PC hit five three-pointers, while holding Marquette to zero in the first 20 minutes, while forcing eight turnovers. Keeping the Golden Eagles in the game was a 12-of-13 effort from the free throw line.
Marquette opened up a 7-3 lead early in the first half, but a Romeo Crouch three-pointer at 14:39 cut the margin to one, 6-7. Tied 15-15 at the 8:02 mark, the Golden Eagles scored five unanswered to jump out to a 20-15 lead, 6:20 on the clock. Two three pointers by Younger and another perimeter basket by Flagler over the next seven minutes, as part of an 11-4 run, put PC ahead 26-24. A late Blue Hose foul put Marquette’s Sam Hauser at the free throw line, however. He converted both to make it a tie ball game, 26-26, at the break.
The Blue Hose outscored Marquette, 17-9, the first seven and a half minutes of the second half, behind four three-pointers, two coming from Flagler, to take a six-point, 43-37 lead with 12:44 to go. The Golden Eagles responded with 12 unanswered, which included three straight three-pointers, to take a six-point lead, 49-43, 9:05 left. A Chris Martin three made it a three-point game again but another two threes by the home team made it 55-46.
After a Davon Bell at 6:41 cut the margin to six, 51-57, the Golden Eagles went on a 9-0 run and built a 15-point, 66-51 lead. Over the next several minutes the Blue Hose were able to cut into the deficit, including 11 off a Flagler three-pointer at 3:28, but each time Marquette had an answer and came away with the 74-55 win.
Players of the Game
Adam Flagler posted is second straight double-digit game, and fourth of the season, with his career-high 20 points. His four three-pointers was also a career-best. Cory Hightower paced the team on the boards with five. JC Younger hit four three-pointers as well to finish second on the team in scoring with 12. Sam Hauser led Marquette with a double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Stats of the Game
PC finished the game hitting 31%, compared to 45% for Marquette. The Blue Hose hit 12 three-pointers, marking the fourth game in a row that PC has connected on 10 or more threes in a game. The Golden Eagles ended with nine, all coming in the second half. PC turned the ball over eight times, second lowest of the season, and forced 16 by Marquette. Points off turnovers was 16-8, in favor of PC. Marquette held the rebounding edge, 45-24,
- Adam Flagler scored a career-high 20 points.
- PC has hit at least 10 three-pointers in the last four games, the 12 in the game ranking top 15 in the PC D1 record book.
For the Record
PC moves to 3-2 overall, while Marquette improves to 3-1.
The Blue Hose head even farther west when they play at UCLA Monday, Nov. 19. Tip-off is slated for 11 pm (ET) and can be seen live on the PAC-12 Network and heard on WPCC.
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