Four Marquette Golden Eagles were in double-figures with Junior Cadougan leading the scoring attack with 15 points. Cadougan showed his senior leadership with a variety of full court drives and finishes at the hoop and was also able to dish out 3 assists leading to a Jamil Wilson alley oop slam dunk to seal the win in the closing minutes.
Vander Blue, Trent Lockett and Davante Gardner also contributed 13 points each.
[Vander Blue ran, dunked, leaned and scrapped for 13 pts,5rebs,2 assists in 39 minutes]
The Golden Eagles had a 40-32 halftime lead, which was a result of defense leading to offense as Marquette did an excellent job of getting out in transition and controlling the tempo and momentum throughout the majority of the game. Marquette out ran Providence leading to 16 fast break points compared to only 4 for the Friars.
[Sr Trent Lockett had 4 of MU's 14 offensive rebs which led to 12 pts.]
Marquette led by as many as 16 points in the second half at the 13:15 mark, but that was the point when a bat started to fly dangerously close to the court which stopped the game periodically.
Players and fans were ducking for their lives as the bat continued to fly around the arena until the 8-minute media timeout when the arena staff dimmed the lights in an effort to get rid of it. Throughout that time span, neither team was able to get into a rhythm or flow in the game due to the constant stoppage of play.
One of the areas where Marquette really excelled vs. Providence was rebounding. Nine Golden Eagles players pulled down at least two rebounds giving Marquette a 35-27 advantage in that category. Winning the rebounding battle also led to a significant benefit in points in the paint where the Golden Eagles had 44 of their team’s 81.
[Steve Taylor with a strong drive and lay in here, finished with 8pts & 2Reb in 13 minutes.]
Bryce Cotton led Providence scoring 19 points in the loss.
Marquette is back on the BMO Harris Bradley Center court already on Monday January 26th, as the Golden Eagles will host visiting USF for an 8p.m. tip off.