I was very fond of Matt Carlino when he played for the Cougars and was saddened to hear the news that he decided to transfer for his senior season. I liked his toughness, admired his shot making ability and appreciated his fearlessness.
Even though he is gone on to Marquette – my thought is, once a Cougar, always a Cougar, so I have decided to follow his exploits in the Big East and to share them with other Carlino and BYU fans.
Carlino opened up his Golden Eagle career in winning fashion as Marquette knocked off Tennessee-Martin 79-63 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday night. Carlino was in the starting lineup and showing his ability to run the offense and also hit the outside shot to help space the floor for new coach Steve Wojciechowski.
He got Marquette started on the right foot early in the game when he assisted on the first three baskets of the season before making a big 3-point shot to tie the game at 11. After the impressive start, he slowed down because of some early foul trouble. The second half started out the same way as the first with Carlino assisting on the first three Golden Eagle baskets to stretch the lead to 14.
The game ended with Carlino playing 27 minutes and leading Marquette with seven assists. He also totaled 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the field, including 2 of 4 from distance.
Up next for Carlino and the Golden Eagles is a trip to face the nationally ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday night.