Marquette defeated Eastern Washington tonight 83- 73 in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. MU will take on Oral Roberts University on Friday at 8:30pm CST. Oral Roberts routed USC earlier this evening and was one of top mid-majors in college basketball last year.
Tonight's game was a foul fest. Marquette was whistled for 34 fouls, just two short of the all-time MU record. EWU chipped in 26 of their own fouls. Homer and Mac (and the crowd reactions) indicated the calls were just attrocious both ways.
Fortunately for Marquette, EWU shot only 53% from the line or it could have been a loss for the Golden Eagles.
Senior Joe Chapman led Marquette with 17 points while four others contributed with double digits. MU will take it as this young team continues to learn on the job.
For a boxscore, click here
In the post game interview, Coach Crean mentioned that Matt Mortenson may be redshirted.
Here is the Anchorage Daily News recap of the game, which noted that "Marquette's last Shootout win came on Nov. 24, 2001, when current NBA megastar Dwyane Wade led the Golden Eagles to a 72-63 win over Gonzaga for the tournament title. They have won four consecutive Shootout games after beating Eastern Washington in the first meeting between the teams."
Here is the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recap from Rosiak.
The MJS box score.
Here is the official MU recap.