The Marquette Golden Eagles finished out an otherwise difficult regular season on a positive note with a 58-48 win over the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Golden Eagles struggled to shot the ball, but made just enough shots from the perimeter and got to the free-throw line 20 more times than DePaul to come away with the victory. They shot 17-for-52 from the floor (32.7 percent), including 5-for-22 from 3-point range (22.7 percent) and 19-for-26 from the charity stripe. The Blue Demons didn’t shoot it any better in the loss. They made just 21-for-64 from the floor (32.8 percent), including just 3-for-18 from distance (16.7 percent).
Matt Carlino and Luke Fischer did most of the damage on the offensive end. Carlino finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-14 shooting from beyond the arc with five rebounds and two assists while Fischer totaled 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks. JaJuan Johnson added seven points, four assists and a steal while Steve Taylor Jr., chipped in with five points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Jamee Crockett paced the Blue Demons in the loss with 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Myke Henry had 12 points and six rebounds. Rashaun Stimage added nine points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor with five rebounds and two blocks in just 15 minutes before fouling out while R.J. Curington chipped in with nine points on 50 percent shooting from the field with three rebounds and two steals.
Although he didnt shoot the ball well, Carlino hit five of the game’s eight 3-point shots and all five of the for the Golden Eagles. He hit three triples in the first 12 minutes of the game as Marquette got out to an early seven-point lead. He added 11 points in the second half, including two more shots from distance, a lay up and three free-throws as the Golden Eagles snapped a six-game losing streak.
On the season, Carlino is averaging 14.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line to go along with 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.6 minutes a game.
Up next for Carlino and the Golden Eagles is a matchup with the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday in the Big East tournament. They split the two games in the regular season. The Pirates won the first game 80-70 in Milwaukee while the Golden Eagles rebounded to take the second game 57-54 in Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall started the season 15-6 before they dropped eight of their last nine games to fall to 16-14.