The Marquette Golden Eagles lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games with a 77-66 setback against the Providence Friars at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles found themselves in a 54-30 hole midway thru the second half before they made a furious comeback that came up just short. They used a 36-17 run to close the deficit to five with two minutes remaining, but couldn’t get any closer as the Friars scored the game’s last six points from the free-throw line to come away with the hard-fought victory. With the loss, Marquette falls to 11-17 on the season, including 3-13 in Big East action.
LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn did most of the damage on the offensive end for the Friars who improved to 20-9 on the season, including 10-6 in Big East play. Henton finished with 25 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the floor to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds and two blocks while Dunn added 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. Tyler Harris also had a solid outing with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino led the way for the Golden Eagles in the defeat. Wilson registered 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting from 3-point range while grabbing three rebounds and handing out two assists while Carlino put up 21 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the floor. He added six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of action. Derrick Wilson also made some big contributions with six points, five assists and for rebounds while Steve Taylor Jr., and Luke Fischer chipped in with six points a piece.
Carlino got it going early with four points in the opening minutes on a deep jumper and a fast break lay up. He didn’t take a shot for the next 10 minutes before he knocked down a 3-point shot on the wing while getting fouled, but missed the free-throw. He missed his next three shots from beyond the arc to finish the first half with seven points on 3-for-6 shooting with three assists.
He started out the second half the way he finished the first – with three straight misses from distance before he got back on track. He scored nine straight points for the Golden Eagles on four straight made shots, as Marquette began to chip away at the Providence lead. Following a pair of missed jumpers, Carlino hit his last bucket of the night from distance to close the gap to 71-66 with two minutes remaining.
Up next for Carlino and the Golden Eagles is a pair of home games to finish up the regular season. First up is a matchup with St. Johns on Wednesday night.