Marquette beat the Duke Blue Devils tonight in Kansas City to earn the 2006 CBE Classic Championship. With the 73-62 victory Marquette moved to 6-0 on the young season, while Duke fell to 4-1.
Dominic James led MU's relentless attack tonight, tallying 25 points and seven assists. James dominiated the second half, keying MU's decisive run by scoring 11 of the team's 12 points midway through the final stanza.
Jerel McNeal was stellar as well with 17 points to go along with five steals. Duke simply had no answer for the aggressiveness and quickness of Marquette's backcourt, as Paulus and company were completely overmatched on both ends of the floor.
On the baseline, Ousmane Barro continued his effective play with eight points and six rebounds. Barro's improvement from last season is apparent -- the 6'10" junior consistently finished strong in traffic and remains active defensively. In addition, Dan Fitzgerald's inspired play was critical tonight. After drawing two quick fouls in the first half, the 6'9" junior proved to be a tough match for the Blue Devils as he tallied eight points and five rebounds (including three ORBs) -- numbers that belie his effectiveness.
Marquette's defensive scheme held the Blue Devils to just 37% shooting, and rendered Scheyer, Henderson and Paulus ineffective for most of the evening.
Offensively, MU was able to drive to the basket effectively throughout the contest. The Golden Eagles once again moved the ball crisply on offense while wreaking havoc defensively -- a trend that Marquette fans would like to see continue.
Congrats to Tom Crean's crew!
Rosiak puts James in the spotlight in this article about the win.
Here is the AP article from ESPN.com -- their lead story this morning.
Here is the GoMarquette.com story on MU's title.
Paul Day at the Marquette Tribune does a nice job on the big win as well.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Written by TB at 11:39 PM