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Marquette 83, Northwestern State 67

43b09e72-d0cb-44a4-be51-1d01d0f47710.jpgMILWAUKEE (AP) – Ousmane Barro had a career-high 21 points and tied a personal best with 13 rebounds to help No. 8 Marquette beat Northwestern State 83-67 in the Blue & Gold Classic on Friday night. Dominic James scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half and Wes Matthews finished with 14 points for Marquette (8-0), which will play North Dakota State in the championship game of the four-team tournament on Saturday. Barro also blocked three shots. Colby Bargeman led Northwestern State (4-3) with 17 points and Trey Gilder added 13. The Golden Eagles opened the second half with a 14-0 run. Jerel McNeal had six of his 13 points during the surge, including a layup that gave Marquette a 50-32 lead with 16:46 to go. The Demons pulled within eight three times in the second half, the last coming on a Bargeman basket that made it 64-56. James responded with a three-point play with 6 minutes left. Northwestern State never challenged after that. Marquette scored 17 of the first 22 points but Luke Rogers scored six straight points to ignite an 18-5 run for Northwestern State. Gilder connected on a 3-pointer to put the Demons ahead 23-22. Gilder also banked in a shot with 4 seconds left in the first half, cutting Marquette's lead to 36-32 at halftime. Marquette is 8-0 for the third time in coach Tom Crean's tenure. Their best start under Crean was 10-0 in 2001-02. The Golden Eagles were upset 71-64 by Winthrop in last year's championship game, snapping Marquette's 13-0 run in Blue & Gold Classic play under Crean. Marquette allowed 22 offensive rebounds and lost for the first time in the tournament since a 67-51 loss to Tulsa on Dec. 5, 1998.

Box Score

Final 1 2 T
Northwestern State 32 35 67
Marquette 36 47 83
Northwestern State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J Spencer F 24 3-10 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 3 0 0 3 6
G Thomas F 8 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0
L Rogers G 31 3-10 2-2 1-2 1-7 3 0 2 4 1 9
K Jones G 27 2-9 2-5 0-1 0-2 6 0 2 3 2 6
C Bargeman G 31 7-13 1-2 2-4 3-6 2 0 2 1 1 17
D Bell 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0
T Gilder 24 3-5 6-6 1-2 1-1 3 0 1 1 3 13
J Stevenson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
M McConathy 4 0-0 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 1 0 2
E Woods 12 3-6 0-0 2-4 1-1 0 0 0 2 1 8
K Hancock 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
D Jones 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 0 0 2
J Moody 16 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 2 1 4
M Ross 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0
K Porterie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 23-59
(.390)
15-21
(.714)
6-15
(.400)
9-26 16 4 8 19 20 67
Marquette
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O Barro F 34 10-13 1-3 0-0 5-13 1 3 1 5 2 21
J Lott F 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 2 3 2
D James G 31 7-12 5-7 0-3 1-5 6 0 2 1 2 19
J McNeal G 25 5-15 2-2 1-2 3-5 2 0 3 4 4 13
W Matthews G 32 5-11 4-5 0-3 1-8 5 0 2 4 0 14
D Fitzgerald 19 1-2 1-2 1-2 2-6 1 0 0 3 3 4
D Cubillan 22 1-5 0-0 1-4 1-2 4 0 3 1 2 3
D Burke 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 2 1 0
L Blackledge 7 1-4 1-2 0-0 3-5 1 1 1 1 1 3
L Hayward 11 2-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 3 4
Totals 200 33-68
(.485)
14-21
(.667)
3-15
(.200)
21-53 20 4 12 23 21 83

Officials: Reggie Greenwood, Gary Prager, Pat Driscoll
Attendance: 13,019


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