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Marquette vs. Xavier halftime notes

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After an entertaining first half with plenty of back and forth action, Marquette leads 6th ranked Xavier 39-35. The Musketeers took the an early lead, but a 17-1 run by Marquette gave them a lead at the 9:46 mark, which they have yet to relinquish

Here's everything you need to know about what went down in the first twenty minutes of play:


  • Haanif Cheatham and Henry Ellenson lead the Golden Eagles with 10 points each. Cheatham has yet to miss a shot, shooting 3-for-3 from the floor, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
  • Cheatham does find himself in foul trouble, earning three personals in the first twenty minutes.
  • Marquette surprisingly holds the rebounding advantage against this physical Xavier team, by a margin of 17-13. Henry Ellenson leads the team with seven boards.
  • The Golden Eagles hold the small halftime lead despite 10 first half turnovers, an area they will surely need to tighten up if they want to pull off the upset.


  • Despite the score, the Musketeers are playing impressive team offense, with 11 assists on their 14 made field goals.
  • Freshman point guard Edmond Sumner leads the game with 15 points, shooting 6-for-9 from downtown.
  • James Farr, who dominated Marquette in their first matchup, has gotten off to a slow start in this contest. The senior big man has only two points, while turning the ball over twice and earning two fouls.