Golden Eagles hold off Cardinals
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Dominic James scored 18 points, and the
24th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles slipped past the Louisville Cardinals,
Wesley Matthews scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for Marquette
(16-4, 3-2 Big East). Jerel McNeal scored 15 points and doled out seven
assists for the Golden Eagles, who won their third straight game after losing
two in a row, with all five of those games being Big East contests. Ousmane
Barro scored 14 points and tallied 11 rebounds for Marquette.
David Padgett scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Louisville (12-6,
2-2 Big East). Edgar Sosa scored 13 points, and Jerry Smith added 11 points
for the Cardinals, who had won seven of eight entering the game. Terrence
Williams scored 10 points
Facing a 12-point deficit late in the second half, Louisville made things
interesting by ratcheting up its defense and forcing some Marquette turnovers.
Sosa made a three-pointer with just under four minutes left, and followed that
with a layup after a turnover by James, and the Cardinals found themselves
within 64-57 with 3:28 remaining.
Sosa stole the ball on the ensuing Marquette possession, bringing the
Louisville crowd to its feet in anticipation of the possible comeback, but
Williams drew a charging call, and, despite yet another Golden Eagles
turnover, the Cardinals could not draw any closer, as Earl Clark missed two
free throws with 2:50 left.
Matthews hit a three with 2:26 left that padded the Marquette lead to 67-57,
and Louisville never threatened.
Marquette led, 33-30, at the intermission, but opened the second half with a
14-2 run, capped by a McNeal layup that put the Golden Eagles ahead 47-32 with
15:43 left. Louisville answered with a 10-0 run to cut to within 47-42 on a
Padgett jumper, but Marquette answered with a 10-0 run of its own, and kept
the Cardinals at arm’s length for the rest of the game.
Louisville has dropped 12 straight games against ranked opponents…Marquette
hit 8-of-20 from behind the arc, with four of those coming from James…The
Golden Eagles outrebounded Louisville, 33-29.