Saturday, January 3, 2015

Five Things To Take Away From Marquette's 75-66 win over Providence

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Here are five things to take away from Marquette's 75-66 win over Providence at the Bradley Center:

1) Marquette's Pesky Defense:

The Golden Eagles' defense turned up its pressure another notch as it recorded 12 steals and were able to turn it into 18 points— in the process, playing a pivotal part in its victory. 

"Having 12 steals was big for us," Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "Our activity level on the defensive end was really good. We were able to get a number of deflections and steals. When we turn teams over, we are pretty good at converting those into points. We most certainly did that by turning it into 18 points off of turnovers and that's a big part of who we are."

2) LaDontae Henton:

Despite the shooting struggles, Providence's LaDontae Henton led all scorers with 28 on 9-of-22 from the field and went 6-for-12 from long range.

"He's a terrific player. One of the reasons we played the zone was to eliminate points in the paint," Wojciechowski said. "It's a test of his character to be able to adapt and still make an impact."

17 of Henton's 28 points came in the second half. His sixth and final three point make came with 37 seconds remaining in the game as Providence cut the deficit to 70-66 but would get no closer.

3) Closing Out Games:

Marquette (9-5, 1-1 Big East) responded from blowing a sizable lead at DePaul by holding on against the defending Big East Conference Tournament champions.

"It feels good especially after losing at DePaul, which was a game we could have won," Marquette forward Juan Anderson said. "We have to win every home game if we want to win the Big East." 

4) The Emergence Of Sandy Cohen III:

After not playing against DePaul, Sandy Cohen III responded to the challenge and played arguably his best game of the season against the Friars with a career-high 12 points off the bench in a seven-minute stretch in the first half.

Wojciechowski saw Cohen III's ability to not let the benching get to him translate into a season-changing performance.

"I'll admit that I made a mistake benching him in Chicago and that's totally on me," Wojciechowski said.

5) Providence's 17 Turnovers:

Providence (11-4, 1-1 Big East) could not control the ball enough as it coughed it up 17 times. Coming into today's game, the Friars averaged 11.9 turnovers per game.

Coach Ed Cooley knows even with the turnovers made by his team, he took full responsibility for the loss.

"You have to be very disciplined on the road and detailed," Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "I thought we had some senseless turnovers and guys having wide open shots that they normally would make, but missed. You have to give Marquette a lot of credit— they played to win and showed a sense of urgency."

Looking Ahead:

Both teams hit the road on Jan. 6 as Marquette heads to Washington D.C., as it plays Georgetown, while Providence travels to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Butler.

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