The Marquette Golden Eagles withstood a feverish start from the Tennessee Volunteers, and have climbed out to a five point lead after the first half of play.
The biggest contributor through the opening 20 minutes of the game has been Marquette's Duane Wilson. Wilson has gotten into double digits, netting 10 points in the first half, going 4-for-7 from the field. Matt Carlino, who dropped 38 points a short while ago, has six at the end of the first half. The team is shooting 54.2 percent (13-24 FG) and 70.0 percent (7-10 FT) from the free throw line.
Tennessee used a hot shooting start to jump out to a 17-6 lead at one point in the game. The trio of Robert Hubbs, Josh Richardson and Armani Moore have combined for 21 of the Volunteers' 29 points, and Hubbs has yet to miss from the field (3-3 FG). While at a limited amount, the Vols converted 80.0 percent of their five free throw attempts in the half.
Turnovers stymied Tennessee's start as they committed 10 of them in the opening frame. Marquette has kept great control of the basketball, only committing four errors. The Vols also got themselves into foul trouble, netting 12 personal fouls while the Golden Eagles had just four.
Tennessee leads in the rebounding department 15-10, with 10 of those 15 boards coming on the defensive end.
Enjoy the second half!