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BASELINE: Multiple offensive surges push No. 8 Marquette past No. 12 Texas

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Photo by Forster Goodrich
Kam Jones goes for a layup in Marquette’s 86-65 win over Texas Wednesday night.

No. 8 Marquette men’s basketball defeated No. 12 Texas — head coach Shaka Smart’s former team — 86-65 Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum, extending its winning streak at home to 15 games. 

Here is what you need to know about the win: 

  • Senior guard Tyler Kolek led Marquette with 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists, scoring 16 points in the first half. He was one point shy of matching his career-high in points and rebounds.
  • In the opening half, the Golden Eagles grabbed 23 rebounds, which is as many as it had in last Saturday’s loss to the Badgers.
  • Oral Roberts transfer and graduate guard Max Abmas finished with 17 points in the first half, which was more than half of Texas’ 28 points.
  • The Golden Eagles won the rebounding battle, grabbing 37 rebounds compared to the Longhorns’ 30.
  • Marquette shot 46.7% from beyond the arc and Kolek hit five of its 14 total 3-pointers.

Runs, runs and more runs

The Golden Eagles’ offense got out to a shaky start in the opening half, as the game was tied 20-20 at the 9:37 minute mark.

But then its offense stepped on the gas pedal, going on an 11-0 run with contributions from junior guard Stevie Mitchell (2), junior forward David Joplin (3) and junior guard Kam Jones (6). This put Marquette ahead 29-20 after holding Texas scoreless for over four minutes.

Later in the half, Marquette went on a 13-0 run in which Kolek hit three 3-pointers, which put the Golden Eagles in front 42-28 heading into the locker room.

This offensive dominance continued into the second half when another 10-0 run began, featuring four different Golden Eagles and giving Marquette a 26-point lead at the 14:25 mark.

Three different Marquette players scored in double digits, while Abmas and sophomore guard Chendall Weaver — who finished with 25 and 10 respectively  — were the Longhorns’ lone scorers in double figures.

This story was written by Kaylynn Wright. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @KaylynnWrightMU. 

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Kaylynn Wright, Assistant Sports Editor
Kaylynn Wright is a sophomore from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin studying journalism, and she is an Assistant Sports Editor for the 2023-2024 school year. Outside of the Wire, she enjoys reading and watching baseball, specifically the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox. She is excited to meet new people and continue to create high-quality sports content for the Wire.
Forster Goodrich, Staff Photographer
Forster Goodrich is a sophomore from Lyme, New Hampshire studying digital media. Forster works on the photography desk as a Staff Photographer. Outside of the Wire, he is on the club waterski team, and enjoys everything outdoors. He is looking forward to the upcoming basketball season and getting to photograph games at Fiserv Forum.

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