The Marquette Golden Eagles gave up an 11-point second half lead and fell to the Xavier Musketeers 62-58 on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Golden Eagles struggled mightily on the offensive end of the floor making just 17 of 41 shots from the field (41.5 percent), while committing 18 turnovers.
The Musketeers got most of their offensive production from Remy Abell and Myles Davis in the win. Abell finished with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc while Davis added 14 points on 3 for 7 shooting from distance to go along with three assists. Matt Stainbrook chipped in eight points, four rebounds and four assists while Dee Davis had seven points, six assists and three steals.
Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson provided the bulk of the scoring punch for the Golden Eagles on the day. Carlino totaled a game-high 27 points on 8 of 15 shooting from the floor, including 6 of 9 from 3-point land and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line in 35 minutes. He added two rebounds and two steals, but didn’t have an assist and had five turnovers. Wilson added 12 points even though he struggled to shoot the ball, making just 3 of 9 field goal attempts. Derrick Wilson registered five points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals while Luke Fischer chipped in with seven points, five rebounds and two steals.
Carlino did most of his damage in the second half with 17 points, including four made 3-point shots. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the game to pull the Golden Eagles even at 53. Only moments later, he hit three free-throws to tie the game at 56. He had one more chance to even the score, but couldn’t knock down his seventh 3-point shot of the afternoon to allow Xavier to escape with the victory.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 10-7, including 2-3 in the Big East. Up next is a visit to St. John’s to face the Red Storm on Wednesday night.