Saturday, January 31, 2015

Five Things To Take Away From Butler's 72-68 Overtime Win Against Marquette

Here are five things to take away from Butler's 72-68 win over Marquette in overtime:

1) Andrew Chrabascz's Career-High 30 Points:

Andrew Chrabascz came into Saturday's game averaging 10.0 points, but when needed the most, Chrabascz would step up in a big way with a career-high 30 on 11-of-17 from the field.

Butler coach Chris Holtmann echoed that sentiment.

"Andrew can be a mismatch and we felt like he was pretty good in situations like that in space," Holtmann said.

Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski gave credit to Chrabascz despite the loss.

"He's very skilled and has great poise and had a whale of a game," Wojciechowski said. "He put Butler on their back."

2) Rebounds:

Butler (16-6 Overall, 6-3 Big East) dominated on the boards with 47 compared to Marquette's 33. Holtmann– riding of the emotions of the win, gave his team credit for staying consistent throughout the game.

"It's who we are," Holtmann said. "We try to hide our weaknesses sometimes and for Kameron [Woods] to lead the way and get us 18 rebounds, it was big."

3) Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson's Efforts Not Enough:

Despite Carlino and Wilson scoring 18 each, it would not be enough for Marquette (10-11 Overall, 2-7 Big East). Center Luke Fischer mentioned Wilson's effort, but knows everything must start coming together soon.

"The fight we had and we have to take that away," Fischer said. "Duane has had a heck of a year and we need him to score and he can."

4) Jones Silenced:

Roosevelt Jones' struggles from the field with two points morphed into an afterthought after picking up the win.

"We got Roosevelt Jones in there. he's 1-for-12 and is the happiest guy in the locker room," Holzmann said. "To me, that says everything you can say about the mindset and purpose of this team."

"I love Roosevelt's game and he overpowers most players and Derrick Wilson is not an easy player to [go up against]," Wojciechowski said.

5) Marquette's Losing Streak Extends To Five:

Marquette has lost five straight games for the first time since losing seven in a row in the 1990-91 season.

Wojciechowski admitted that the effort is there, but was not enough.

"I thought my kids fought like crazy and we have to combine that with execution for 40 minutes," Wojciechowski said.

Looking Ahead:

Butler will host St. John's on Feb. 3, while Marquette will look to snap its five-game losing streak on Feb. 4 when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to face No. 7 Villanova.

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