The Golden Eagles had no answers for the outside shooting of the St. John’s Red Storm as Marquette fell 67-51 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday night.
Sometimes when the 3-point shot is falling nothing else matters. The Red Storm proved that as they hit on 12-of-24 shots from beyond the arc (50 percent) to help secure the victory on a night where they shot the ball terribly from everywhere else. They were just 11-for-35 from inside the arc (31.4 percent) and 9-for-17 from the free-throw line (52.9 percent).
A huge part of being able to get a win like that on a rough shooting night is by how your opponent shoots it too and the Golden Eagles did not shoot well. They shot 19-for-55 from the field (34.5 percent), including 6-for-21 from 3-point range (28.6 percent) and 7-for-18 from the free-throw line (38.9 percent).
The 6-man St. Johns rotation was led by Rysheed Jordan who finished with 23 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field, including 5-for-9 from distance with three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. D’Angelo Harrison had a big scoring night as well with 21 points on the strength of a 4-for-8 shooting performance from deep to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sir’Dominic Pointer and Phil Greene IV also made huge contributions as the Red Storm improved to 21-9 (10-7 Big East) on the season. Pointer finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks while Greene added 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Only two Marquette players reached double figures in scoring in the loss. Matt Carlino led the way with 17 points on a 5-for-9 shooting night from 3-point range as well as four rebounds, two steals and an assist while Luke Fischer managed 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field with five rebounds and three blocked shots. Duane Wilson added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals while Derrick Wilson chipped in with six assists and five boards.
Carlino knocked down his first shot of the night before going ice-cold for most of the first half. He missed his next five attempts before finding the bottom of the net again. He hit two jumpers after a 15-minute drought to finish the half with eight points on 3-for-10 shooting to go along with a technical foul he picked up in the closing seconds. He shot the ball much better in the second half, making 3-of-4 attempts from behind the arc, but also had all three of his turnovers as the game slipped away for the Golden Eagles.
Up next for Carlino and Marquette is the home finale against the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday afternoon.