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Marquette hangs on to beat St. John’s

Despite a roaring effort from Julian Champagnie, the Golden Eagles escaped Queens with a win.

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Marquette won a tizzy of a game Saturday afternoon in Queens.

The Golden Eagles escaped a roaring effort from the St. John’s Red Storm, earning a 73-71 victory to start the day of play. The win catapulted Marquette to 8-6 on the season and up to 4-4 in Big East play.

MU held a strong advantage throughout much of the game. They led by as many as 11 and outscored the Red Storm in three out of the four 10-minute segments of the game. The Red Storm were able to get out to a great pace out of the second half, outscoring the Golden Eagles 25-12 in the first 10 minutes.

However, they couldn’t win the exchanges that would come in the final 10. MU edged them 20-16 and made crucial baskets down the stretch, as they were able to fend off a feisty effort from their adversary.

Justin Lewis excelled off the bench in the win. Lewis scored 13 points in 23 minutes, going 4-for-6 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Lewis also added seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and just one turnover to his line as well, playing as complete a game as you could ask. DJ Carton led in points with 14, meanwhile, as Greg Elliott (13) and Dawson Garcia (11) joined them in double figures.

Julian Champagnie had yet another stirring effort scoring the basketball. He put up 20 points in the losing effort, as he’s still yet to not have a double-figure performance this year. Champagnie went 5-for-11 from the perimeter, marking the second time this season that he’s hit five 3-pointers in a game. Greg Williams Jr. was the only other player to score in double figures, giving the Red Storm 15 points.