During a night where Marquette got worked on the glass (41-29), it was the shooting of Matt Carlino that helped the Golden Eagles outlast the previously undefeated Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 72-70 in the quarterfinal round of the Orlando Classic.
The Golden Eagles got solid efforts out of Juan Anderson and Derrick Wilson in the win. Anderson finished with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Wilson added seven points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Tadric Jackson led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting and three rebounds off the bench. The only other player to score in double figures for Georgia Tech was Marcus Georges-Hunt who had 14 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
Carlino was the story for Marquette on Thursday night even though he didn’t make a 2-point basket the whole game. He had a fantastic shooting effort from everywhere else to lead the Golden Eagles to victory. He made 8 of 14 shots from beyond the arc and 14 of 16 free-throws on his way to a career-high 38 points. He also contributed six rebounds.
After missing his first shot of the night, Carlino made three straight shots from long distance to give Marquette a 17-10 lead early in the game. Following three straight misses that saw the lead drop to just a single point, he buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give him 15 points for the first half.
Down four early in the second half, Carlino went back to work with five quick points to give the Golden Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. Each time the Yellow Jackets cut the lead to one, Carlino had an answer from beyond the arc or from the free-throw line on his way to a 23-point half.
Up next for Carlino and Marquette is a Friday showdown with the No. 20 ranked Michigan State Spartans.