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BASELINE: Defensive pressure pushes No. 3 Golden Eagles to win

Photo by Keifer Russell
Senior guard Tyler Kolek scored his 1,000th collegiate career point in Marquette’s 93-56 win Tuesday night.

No. 3 Marquette men’s basketball, playing in front of its home crowd for the first time in over two weeks, grabbed a win over the Southern Jaguars 93-56 Tuesday night at Fiserv Forum.

Here’s what you need to know about the win:

  • 10 players on the Marquette roster scored five or more points during the game with 15 players seeing court time.
  • Southern first-year guard Jordan Johnson led both teams in 3-point scoring, hitting six shots from deep on the night.
  • Marquette committed only to six turnovers and achieved 10 steals while Southern had 22 and five respectively.

Trying to find 40 full minutes of pressure

Southern made it a two-point game at the 11:58 mark of the first half, nearly erasing Marquette’s 8-0 start with a 6-0 run of its own.

But Marquette picked it back up offensively, thanks to 16 points from senior guard Tyler Kolek on 4-for-5 from deep during the first half.

Along with their scoring during that time, the defense that Marquette showed off at the Maui Invitational stood true against the Jaguars. With 8:32 left in the half, first-year guard Zaide Lowery nabbed the ball from guard Jordan Mitchell, which David Joplin converted into a 3-pointer.

After the half, the Golden Eagles led 52-36 and each of Marquette’s starters would have a steal, adding up to a total of seven for the team.

More of the same continued on the court in the after halftime with 11 different players seeing the court, and all of them scoring while finishing with over 10 minutes.

With 14:55 left to play, Marquette would keep Southern to two points for the following eight minutes while it went up by 19.

This would be the theme for the rest of the game as the Golden Eagles took the 93-56 win with 35 points coming from the bench.

This article was written by Benjamin Hanson. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter/X @benhansonMU.

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Benjamin Hanson, Sports Reporter
Ben Hanson is a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota studying journalism, digital media and advertising. He is a sports reporter and the assistant social media producer for the Marquette Wire for the 2023-2024 school year. When he's not in the newsroom, he likes creative writing, being with friends and going to sporting events. He is excited to be able to spread the word of the Marquette Wire because it has done so much for him while also refining his sports writing.
Keifer Russell, Staff Photographer
Keifer Russell is a junior from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin studying digital media and public relations and is a Staff Photographer of the Marquette Wire for the 2023-2024 school year. Outside of the Wire he enjoys rock climbing, photography (figures), as well as finding and listening to new music. He is very excited to further refine his photographic content over the next year

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