United’s winning streak now at 6 games as Golden Eagles beat #20 Xavier 75-64/ Lewis 20pts/13 rebs

Justin Lewis led United with 20pts/13 rebounds[all defensive](Photo: Marquette Athletic Dept Photo, 247Sports)

By Ben Schultz[Marquette Hoops.com student staff]

The Marquette Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to six games after beating No. 20 Xavier Musketeers 75-64 in front of 14,600 at the Fiserv Forum. The Golden Eagles (14-6, 6-3 Big East) were led by forward R-Fr justin lewis who made a double double with 20 pts/13 rebs and the 19pts/7 assists of goalkeeper G-Sr Darryl Morsell. The Musketeers (14-4, 4-3) were paced by 13 pts / 7 rebounds from guard Sr. Paul Scrugg.

The game started slowly with no score for over two minutes. This would resume as the two teams began to exchange baskets. A three-pointer from the freshman guard Kam Jones gave Marquette a 13-11 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half, prompting a timeout from Xavier. Marquette was going on an 11-2 run, which gave them an eight-point, 24-16 lead. Xavier closed the half by scoring the final four points to cut Marquette’s lead to 33-29 at the break.

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First half stats:

Marquette: 12-30 FGA (40%), 5-14 3pt (35.7%)

F justin lewis: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

Javier: 13-30 FGA (43.3%), 3-11 3pt (27.3%)

g Adam Kunkel: 10 points, 2 rebounds

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The second half was electric as the two teams combined to score 33 points before the Under-16 media timeout. Xavier took a five-point lead at 53-48 thanks to a three-pointer from Jack Nunge. Mu’s Darryl Morsel scored five straight points to tie the game at 53, then assisted on an Elliott three to give United a 56-53 lead. Kam Jones followed a Greg Elliot three with a layup giving Marquette a 58-53 lead. The Musketeers came close but MU slammed the door with a 17-7 run on the final 9:24 of the game. A Jones three-pointer with 0:38 left sealed the deal for United.

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Game statistics:

Marquette: 29-62 FGA (46.8%), 10-26 3pt (38.5%)

F justin lewis: 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists

g Darryl Morsel: 19 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds

Javier: 24-62 FGA (38.7%), 6-23 3pt (26.1%)

g Paul Scrugg: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists

g colby jones: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists

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Quotes from the game:

Marquette Head Coach Smart Shaka“What won us the game was defending all the way down the straight. We played really well defensively from an aggressive point of view getting our hands on the basketball.

At justin lewis“He’s a good shooter, and he really works his shot,” Smart said. “I’m not surprised at all that he’s made nine threes in the last two games because his teammates are doing a good job of finding him and he’s shooting with a lot of confidence.”

At Darryl Morsel“When he’s focused on the right things, attacking and staying aggressive, he’s really hard to deal with. I was thinking about both the Villanova game and the Seton Hall game, and then today, he just had good aggression towards him,” Smart said.

Kam Jones on the set of Justin Lewis: “It’s a huge factor,” Jones said. “He’s a great player, a good goalscorer. He’s gained a lot more confidence in his shot over the season and we all think that shows every time he shoots.

Kam Jones: “One thing I love about Coach Smart is that he never panics, no matter the score.”

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Next : Marquette’s next game is on the road against Seton Hall on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CST.


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