Saturday, March 7, 2015

Carlino Shines On Senior Day As Marquette Snaps Six-Game Losing Streak

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With emotions running high on Senior Day, Matt Carlino's 20 points helped Marquette (12-18, 4-14 Big East) snap a six-game losing streak with a 58-48 win over DePaul (12-19, 6-12 Big East) on Saturday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

15 of Carlino's 20 points came on three-pointers (5-for-14) and was glad to get a split out of the season series against DePaul.

Marquette coach Steve Wocjiechowski knows this one was a big win especially with the rivalry against DePaul.

"It was big for us to get a win against DePaul given that we lost to them in the first game in BIG EAST play," Wojciechowski said.

DePaul struggled from the field as it finished with a season-low 32.8 percent (17-of-52) from the field, while Marquette went 32.7 percent (21-of-64).

Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell knows it is mighty difficult to win games when shots do not fall.

"We couldn't make shots to get over the hump," Purnell said. "We simply couldn't make simple shots in the first half."

Luke Fischer took advantage of DePaul's lack of size as he finished with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds.

Jamee Crockett led the Blue Demons with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Sloppy play and turnovers kept both teams from scoring in the early going until Jamee Crockett's three-pointer opened the scoring for DePaul at the 17:27 mark.

After a layup from Crockett to put the Blue Demons ahead 5-0, the Golden Eagles would respond with a 7-0 run within a 2:06 stretch to take control.

Coming out of the timeout, DePaul's R.J. Curington would respond with a three-point make from the wing, but Marquette would counter once more with a 10-2 run, highlighted by a pair of triples from Carlino.

Marquette's lead increased to as many as 12 with Fischer as the main source handling DePaul's big men, getting any looks he wanted in the post.

Jamee Crockett would give DePaul some momentum going into the locker room with a three from the top of the key to close the first half trailing 28-19 to Marquette.

Marquette continued to dominate in the early stages of the second half with a highlight, one-handed dunk by Juan Anderson with 15:15 left in the game to go ahead 37-28, but seconds after the score, Derrick Wilson went to the ground holding his left ankle and eventually hopped to the locker room.

Wilson would come back into the game at the 13-minute mark to a standing ovation.

The Blue Demons would get no closer than seven points in the second half as the Golden Eagles came out on top 58-48.

Looking Ahead:

Marquette (9) and DePaul (7) each have games in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Mar. 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Marquette will play No. 8-seeded Seton Hall at 6 p.m. CT, while DePaul meets No. 10-seeded Creighton at 8:30 p.m. CT.

Seton Hall and Marquette won a game each against each other in regular-season play.

Wojciechowski embraces the chance to play the Pirates a third time.

"The beauty of the BIG EAST is playing each team twice and [Seton Hall] is a good team and has one of the best guards in the country in [Sterling] Gibbs," Wojciechowski said. 

DePaul and Creighton split both meetings in the regular season and for Purnell, the preparation won't be as hard given its familiarity with playing Creighton.

"It will be about execution," Purnell said. "I'm thinking about winning the first round game [against Creighton], not four games in four days."

Every game of the 2015 BIG EAST can be seen on Fox Sports 1 and online on the FOX Sports Go App.

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