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====== Marquette 82 - Rice 65 ====== ===== AP Recap ===== MILWAUKEE (AP) -- It was freshmen night for Marquette. Freshman Dominic James scored 16 points and fellow freshmen Jerel McNeal added 14 to lead Marquette to an 82-65 victory over Rice Friday night in the first round of the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic. Marquette (1-0) advances to play Winthrop Saturday night in the championship game of the tournament, which the Golden Eagles have won the past six years. Winthrop beat IUPUI 73-50 in the opening game of the tournament. In all, Marquette has won 14 straight games in the Blue & Gold Classic. Marquette started three freshmen and all played a role in the win. James handed out 9 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds, McNeal also had 6 rebounds and Wesley Matthews chipped in 7 points. Senior Steve Novak hit 3 of 7 3-pointers to add 13 points. Junior Jamil Lott had 9 points. J.R. Harrison led Rice (0-1) with 18 points, while Jamal Moore added 14 points. Harrison's jumper with 14:42 left cut Marquettes lead to 47-40. But the Golden Eagles went on a 15-5 run to grab a 62-45 lead when Matthews scored on a drive with 9:30 remaining, was fouled and hit the free throw to give Marquette its biggest lead of the game. Rice came back to cut the lead to 66-56 when Moore scored on a dunk with 5:14 left. But Marquette put the game away with an 8-3 run to grab a 74-59 lead with 2:48 remaining when Lott dunked off of an assist from James. Marquette scored the last 11 points of the first half, capped by Ryan Amoroso's layup with 35 seconds to go, for a 39-32 halftime lead. ===== Box Score ===== ==== Rice Owls ==== ^Player^ MIN^ F GM-A^ FTM-A^ OFF^ REB^ AST^ PF^ PTS^ |J. Moore| 30 | 5-12 | 4-7 | 3 | 5 | 3 | 4 | 14 | |J. Harrison| 38 | 8-14 | 1-2 | 1 | 5 | 1 | 1 | 18 | |P. Britton| 17 | 1-3 | 0-0 | 2 | 2 | 0 | 3 | 2 | |L. Williams| 32 | 3-13 | 0-0 | 0 | 4 | 5 | 2 | 7 | |M. Almond| 29 | 5-14 | 0-0 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 3 | 11 | |M. Hagen| 10 | 0-1 | 0-0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 0 | |R. Foster| 13 | 1-5 | 0-0 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 | |C. Pflieger| 10 | 2-4 | 0-0 | 0 | 2 | 0 | 2 | 6 | |A. Perka| 21 | 2-3 | 0-0 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 4 | |TOTALS| 200 | 27-69 | 5-9 | 10 | 22 | 15 | 20 | 65 | | | | 39.1% | 55.6% | | | | | | TEAM REBOUNDS:9 \\ TURNOVERS: 11 (J Harrison 2, J Moore 1, L Williams 3, M Almond 3, M Hagen 1, A Perka 1) \\ BLOCKED SHOTS: 1 (J Harrison 1) \\ STEALS: 5 (J Harrison 1, L Williams 1, M Almond 1, A Perka 2) \\ 3-PT FGS: 6-22, .273 (J Harrison 1-3, J Moore 0-1, L Williams 1-6, M Almond 1-4, R Foster 1-4, C Pfleiger 2-4) \\ ==== Marquette Golden Eagles ==== ^Player^ MIN^ FGM-A^ FTM-A^ OFF^ REB^ AST^ PF^ PTS^ |S. Novak, F| 35 | 4-9 | 2-2 | 0 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 13 | |J. Lott, F| 26 | 3-3 | 3-4 | 2 | 4 | 0 | 2 | 9 | |D. James, G| 30 | 4-12 | 5-7 | 1 | 6 | 9 | 3 | 16 | |J. McNeal, G| 31 | 5-7 | 3-3 | 0 | 6 | 1 | 3 | 14 | |W. Matthews, G| 15 | 3-4 | 1-1 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 7 | |D. Fitzgerald, F| 24 | 3-6 | 1-2 | 3 | 8 | 8 | 1 | 9 | |J. Chapman, G-F| 18 | 0-1 | 0-0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 1 | 0 | |C. Grimm, F-C| 2 | 0-0 | 0-0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | |O. Barro, F| 6 | 2-2 | 0-0 | 1 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 4 | |R. Amoroso, F| 13 | 4-7 | 2-2 | 0 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 10 | |TOTALS| 200 | 28-51 | 17-21 | 8 | 35 | 24 | 15 | 82 | | | | 54.9% | 81.0% | | | | | | TEAM REBS: 7 \\ TURNOVERS: 20 (D Fitzgerald 2, R Amoroso 2, O Barro 2, D James 2, J McNeal 8, W Matthews 4) \\ BLOCKED SHOTS: 5 (J Chapman 1, O Barro 1, D James 1, J McNeal 2) \\ STEALS: 5 (D Fitzgerald 1, D James 1, J McNeal 2, W Matthews 1) \\ 3-PT FGS: 9-20, .45 (S Novak 3-7, D Fitzgerald 2-3, R Amoroso 0-1, D James 3-7, J McNeal 1-2) \\ ==== Other ==== Technicals: None \\ Officials: Jim Haney, Michael Stephens, Raymond Perone \\ Attendance: 11,218 \\


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