Hillsdale College is known as one of the most conservative schools in the country and is ranked #1 in the nation by the Princeton Review's The Best 361 Colleges 2007 listing of colleges where students are "most nostalgic for Ronald Reagan". Of course that doesn't translate particularly well to the hardwood as the Gipper was known more for his football tie-ins then anything associated with hoops. You would expect this right leaning school might have been more concerned with the election outcomes from Tuesday then pretending to have any chance tonight against a nationally ranked squad. Think again.
Someone forgot to tell the Chargers that they had no shot in this basketball game as they led Marquette 36-32 at halftime and stayed closed until about the 6 minute mark in the game. The 16th ranked MU Golden Eagles ultimately prevailed 76-66 in a game that was surprisingly close.
Tom Crean clearly could not have been pleased.
"One game into the regular season, and we've already been taught how we have to play," Marquette coach Tom Crean said.Pre-season All-American guard Dominic James struggled with his shot all game long, making only 3 of 15. The big three (James, McNeal, Matthews) combined went only 11 of 42 for a chilly 26.1% shooting touch. McNeal did finish game-high with 19 points on 7-22 shooting. McNeal also had a team-high five turnovers.
On the bright side, freshmen Lazar Hayward (6 pts, 5 rpg in 16 minutes) and David Cubillan (5 pts, 2 rebounds, one assist and 0 turnovers in 19 minutes) played well in their first regular season action.
Next up for Marquette are the Idaho State Bengals on Monday night as the CBE Classic at the Bradley Center.
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