James, Marquette edge Idaho State in OT
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Dominic James scored 17 points, as the 16th-
ranked Marquette Golden Eagles opened up play in the CBE Classic with a 59-56
overtime win over the Idaho State Bengals at the Bradley Center.
With both teams having scored a three-pointer to open the overtime period,
Ousmane Barro converted a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to go for a
58-56 Marquette lead. After David Schroeder failed to convert from the free-
throw line on a 1-and-1 attempt, James hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with
three seconds left, as the Eagles escaped with the win.
Marquette faces Detroit, which beat Maine 57-50, in the second-round contest
Jerel McNeal netted 13 points for Tom Crean’s Golden Eagles (2-0), who opened
their 2006-07 season last Friday with a 77-66 win over Hillsdale College.
Barro added 10 rebounds in the win.
“This was a night where we were not playing very good yet and the team we were
playing had a great game and shot very well,” Crean said. “They moved the ball
around and had a game plan and followed it. We moved the ball a lot better
than we had been. The key to any club is that you never know if your shot
decision and making free throws are going with you to a game, but you always
have to have a defensive and rebounding mindset, and that’s what won us the
Akbar Abdul-Ahad notched 17 points and five assists for the Bengals (0-1), who
are coming off a 13-14 season a year ago, which included a 4-10 ledger in Big
Sky competition. Schroeder netted 11 points in defeat.
“We played another really good team,” Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson
said. “We are learning and we are improving.”
With the score deadlocked at 50, Schroeder drilled a three-pointer with
51 seconds left. Wesley Matthews tipped in a rebound about 20 seconds later
for a one-point Marquette deficit. McNeal then stole the ball on ISU’s
ensuing possession. Dan Fitzgerald got fouled with three seconds left and the
game in his hands. He missed the first, but made the second to send the game
Both teams scored 28 points in the first half and 25 in the second to send the
game into the extra session.
Marquette shot 19-for-65 from the field and 16-for-31 from the free-throw
line, and scored 24 points off turnovers compared to six by ISU. The Eagles
outrebounded the Bengals, 41-33.
Marquette is in its second season in the Big East, after posting 10 league
victories a year ago…This was the first-ever meeting between these two teams
on the hardwood.