Marquette was “Jaemazing.” Yes, senior Jae Crowder had 29 points and 12 rebounds in this game as the Marquette Golden Eagles beat the UConn Huskies 79-64. Senior Darius Johnson-Odom has 24 points on the day.
The Golden Eagles started strong in the first half, going to the locker room with a 43-29 lead. UConn was able to cut that lead early in the second half to four with a 3-pointer from Jeremy Lamb and a dunk by Alex Oriakhi. Marquette then called a timeout to stop the momentum. As the players were heading to their respective benches, freshman Ryan Boatright began chirping at Marquette guard Todd Mayo and received a technical foul. Mayo made both free throws and Crowder drained a 3-pointer to get the lead back. The momentum of the game changed to Marquette’s favor the rest of the game, leading them to their victory.
Connecticut is still with out head coach Jim Calhoun who has been on medical leave for spinal stenosis. He will be out for at least one more game. UConn’s Jeremy Lamb had 19 points in the game.
Marquette is currently tied with Notre Dame for second place in the Big East. The top four teams get a 2 round bye in the Big East tournament. It is important for Marquette to keep up their game play so they can have one of these coveted spots.
Next up for Marquette is Rutgers Wednesday night at the Bradley Center. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm CST and the game can be seen on the Big East Network.