"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, 2011

Marquette blows another double digit second half lead and...erh...wait...they hold on to win

It looked like another collapse. It smelled like another collapse. The fans at the Bradley Center could feel it, urging their team on as Syracuse tied the game three times despite trailing by double digits to MU in the second half. You can't blame the fans, the players or anyone else for feeling this way. MU has blown second half leads at an alarming pace the last few years.....but something different happened today....they didn't lose it. They fought back, they played physical defense, and they willed this one to the finish line.

The loss marked the 4th straight for Syracuse who will likely drop out of the top 25 (or close to it), but MU doesn't care as this was nearly a must win for the Warriors. The victory marks the first win over Syracuse since MU joined the Big East and the first over the Orange(men) since 1983 when Rick Majerus was roaming the sidelines for Marquette.

MU snaps a 2 game losing streak and more importantly found a way to win a game in which they again gave up a double digit lead in the second half.

Up next for Marquette is a trip to Philadelphia and Villanova, a team that has lost 2 games in a row and three of their last four.

Game balls go to Jimmy Butler for nailing two huge three pointers and Jae Crowder for his toughness and clutch shots of his own.

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