The Marquette Golden Eagles had trouble finding their shooting stroke from anywhere on the floor as they got drilled by the Xavier Musketeers 64-44 on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Marquette shot just 18-for-52 from the floor (34.6 percent), including 3-for-15 from beyond the arc (20 percent) and 5-for-12 from the free-throw line (41.7 percent) as they fell to 11-13 (3-9 Big East) on the season. Xavier didn’t shoot it much better, but were a +9 from the 3-point line and a +11 from the charity stripe as they improved to 7-6 in Big East play.
The Golden Eagles got off to a good start with a 16-5 lead before the second media timeout of the first half before the offense disappeared. They managed just three field goals the rest of the half as the Musketeers turned an 11-point deficit into a 3-point lead. The second half was even worse they made seven field goals on their way to scoring 19 points.
Trevon Bluiett led four Musketeers on double figures with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds. Matt Stainbrook added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists while J.P. Macura chipped in with 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc as well as a game-high three steals. Myles Davis chipped in with 10 points while Jalen Reynolds had six points, nine rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
Duane Wilson paced the Golden Eagles in the loss with 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-6 from distance. Juan Anderson added 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks while JaJuan Johnson contributed nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Luke Fischer chipped in with seven points, five rebounds and three blocks.
Matt Carlino missed his second consecutive game after suffering a concussion on a nasty fall against Villanova. Without his services, the Marquette offense has struggled mightily, averaging just 50.5 points a game in his absence.
On the season, Carlino is the leading scorer for the Golden Eagles with 14.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line. He also makes a difference in other ways with 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.4 minutes a night.
His scoring has gone up since the start of Big East play. He is fourth in the conference at 17.3 points per game on the strength of a conference-leading 3.4 3-point makes per game, according to BigEast.com. He is also second in the league in free-throw percent (88.6 percent) and tied for third with two steals a night.
Up next on the schedule is a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Creighton Bluejays.