"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Orange Squeezes Marquette

Syracuse used a decisive 15-3 run in the last four minutes to top the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-58 tonight at the Bradley Center. Marquette falls to 0-2 in the Big East -- with a road game at UConn next up.

Not good.

After David Cubillan's clutch 3-pointer tied the game at 55 with 4:04 minutes remaining, the MU offense sputtered while the Orange made a few clutch shots and capitalized at the free throw line.

Marquette shot just 39% from the field tonight.

The Golden Eagles were led by Jerel McNeal's 16 points. Wesley Matthews chipped in with 14. Dominic James continued to struggle mightily from the field, coming up with only six points on 3-12 shooting and was 0 for 7 from three-point territory. James is just 1-15 from deep in MU's last two outings.

As a team, MU shot just 4-21 from deep tonight, a frighteningly typical 19%. Worse - MU made only six of 16 from the charity stripe with the abyss being James' sombrero after being fouled behind the arc with MU leading 39-37. Three. straight. misses. The team seemed to lose its edge right about then. A devastating sequence -- one that drew a few boo birds at the Bradley Center.

For a team built around guards, percentages like that will make for a long, long season.

Here is the box score.

Here is the AP recap.

Post-game interview recaps from the guys at MUScoop.

Check out some great game photos at MUScoop.

Here's Todd Rosiak on MU's disintegration down the stretch.

The Chicago Trib on how SU's zone baffled the good guys.

Here's the SU Athletics recap.


Anonymous said...

A team with absolutely no inside game that cannot hit a shot from the outside equals about 5 wins in the Big East if their lucky. James better wait a year before even thinking about going into the NBA. Maybe he's the next Aaron Hutchins.

Anonymous said...

6-16 (37.5%)from the free throw line

4-21 (19.0%)from three point


Anonymous said...

Game photos here: