HALFTIME: Golden Eagles trail Omaha 44-41

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Marquette got off to a sluggish start in its Saturday afternoon slate with the Omaha Mavericks and trail 44-41 at halftime. The Golden Eagles began the game 1-of-10 from the field and got into a early hole. Marquette chipped away at the lead, but did not lead once throughout the half.

Juan Anderson and Duane Wilson lead the team in scoring with nine points. Derrick Wilson and Deonte Burton are close behind with eight and Matt Carlino has five. Marquette is shooting just over 40 percent for the half and only 33 percent from the 3-point line.

Marquette has struggled mightily against Omaha’s backcourt duo of CJ Carter and Devin Patterson. The two combined for 28 points in the first half on 10-of-17 shooting. The Golden Eagles have struggled with the speed of the two guards, which has led to a combination of easy looks near the rim, or drive-and-kick opportunities along the perimeter. The Mavericks are shooting a scorching 53 percent from the field.

Rebounding has been a major concern for the Golden Eagles, as they are getting doubled up on the glass by a 22-11 margin. Omaha has six offensive rebounds that have translated into 11 second-chance points, to Marquette’s one. Marquette does have a large advantage in bench points, but will need a better defensive effort in the second stanza.