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Marquette vs. Georgetown: The Golden Eagles' Crossover Examination

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing has come easy this year for Marquette and that didn’t change when the Golden Eagles took on Georgetown. MU played well with Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson scoring 26 a piece as Marquette came back to send the game to OT before the Hoyas took over. Here’s what we learned:

Marquette Team Observations

-Both teams shot lights out in the first half, Marquette at 62.5 percent and Georgetown at 58.1 percent.  Marquette also outshot Georgetown in the second half, shooting 54.2 percent compared to 40 percent.

-The three-point line belonged to Marquette as well. The Golden Eagles shot 5-of-10 from three while the Hoyas shot 5-of-12 in the first half.  Matt Carlino led Marquette in scoring at the half with four threes and 16 points. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas at the half with five threes and 15 points.

-Marquette shot even better from three in the second half, shooting 7-of-11 for 63.6 percent compared to Georgetown’s 3-of-8 for 37.5 percent.

-Rebound and turnovers led the way for Georgetown. The Hoyas led Marquette in second chance points, 14-9, as well as points off turnovers, 18-10. Georgetown outrebounded the Golden Eagles in the game 36 to 28.

-Georgetown dominated in bench points, outscoring Marquette 45 to 14.

-The points in the paint were similar, though, as Georgetown outscored Marquette 32-28 in the lane.

-The game went back-and-forth, with 14 ties and 16 lead changes.  Georgetown’s largest lead was 10 compared to Marquette’s largest lead of two.

Marquette Individual Observations

- As we continue to see, Matt Carlino IS the offense right now for Marquette. He has scored at least 21 points in each of the last three games, and is night-in-and-night-out the go-to scorer for the Golden Eagles. He made the shot to tie things up at 81 to send MU to overtime and will need to continue to hit big shots for this team.

- Duane Wilson is breaking out. He had 17 against Creighton and now 26 on 9-15 shooting and 6-8 from deep. Much like the Creighton game, Wilson and Carlino were the only ones that could score in the second half

- Juan Anderson continues to be inconsistent. His offensive game has struggled, and although has provided some rebounding, Anderson’s offensive output needs to continue. Six points just isn’t going to cut it for a guy that MU is looking for to be that third or fourth scorer.

- Fourth game in a row that Luke Fischer has been unable to score in double figures. He started red hot when he became eligible, but has really started struggling from the field. His defense and rebounding ability obviously help MU inside, but with all of the attention on the guards, Fischer has convert more in the paint.

- Derrick Wilson continues to do exactly what he has to do. Be efficient offensively (3-4 from the field) and have a good assist-to-turnover ratio (7 to 2 against Georgetown).  Add three steals to that line and that is about as good of a Derrick Wilson game as you can expect.

- Give Sandy Cohen credit for providing any sort of scoring off the bench. The freshman scored eight points in 21 minutes, but was the only guy off the bench to much of anything.

Next Up:

The Golden Eagles take on the struggling Seton Hall Pirates at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Both teams have lost three-straight games and are looking to get back on track. MU has been close in its last three outings, maybe Wednesday will be the day it can breakthrough.