"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

Saturday, January 29, 2005

MU captures 15th win by defeating SLU on the road in 2OT

Marquette had to make a go of it again on the road without their pre-season All-American Travis Diener. For much of the game it appeared the loss of Diener may be too much to overcome. MU shot only 29.7% for the game and had one drought of over 11 minutes without scoring in the second half.

But in the end, Marquette pulled it out 55-51 in double overtime. The Warriors were led by Steve Novak's 23 points and some clutch shooting at the end by Joe Chapman and Dameon Mason.

For a complete recap of the game, here is a link to the story, photos and boxscore at ESPN.com. For another perspective, take a look at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch - - Soderberg is brutally honest in his assessments of the Bills' inability to close this one out.

Let's get back to Joe Chapman, who "handled the bulk of the duties at point guard in Diener's stead again and turned in one of the gutsier performances by an MU player in recent memory.

Playing with a 101-degree temperature and so sickened by the flu that he had to vomit into a trash can at courtside, Chapman shrugged off a number of earlier misses to hit two huge three-pointers late, the second of which came from deep on the left wing with 13.3 seconds left in the second overtime and with a defender in his face."

Amazing.......isn't it time that this team was able to shed the flu bug, once and for all?

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