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Marquette 64 - Winthrop 71

AP RECAP

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Winthrop used the 3-point shot and a domination on the boards Saturday to beat Marquette 71-64 at its own tournament for the first time since 1997.

Craig Bradshaw scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while James Shuler added 15 points to lead Winthrop (2-0) to over Marquette (1-1) in the championship game of the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic.

Bradshaw, a 6-foot-10 junior, was named the tournament's most valuable player.

In all, Winthrop hit 11-of-27 3-point shots, including six 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes of the first half as it built a lead it would never lose. The Eagles also out-rebounded Marquette 39-21 and a grabbed 22 offensive rebounds.

Chris Gaynor added 12 points for Winthrop, which won its 20th straight regular season game. The last time Winthrop lost during the regular season was Jan. 5 when the Eagles were beaten by Coastal Carolina 76-68.

Steve Novak scored 17 points and Dominic James added 15 points and 7 assists to lead Marquette. The loss was first time Marquette coach Tom Crean has not won the tournament since he became head coach in 1999.

Winthrop used a 14-6 run midway through the second half to grab a 52-40 lead when Phillip Williams scored on a layin with 11:24 remaining. The Eagles hit three 3-pointers during the run.

Marquette was able to trim the lead to 66-61 when Ousmane Barro scored on a layup with 1:50 remaining.

The Golden Eagles had a chance to cut the lead further, but Wes Matthews missed hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 50 seconds remaining.

Gaynor hit two free throws with 33.3 seconds remaining to increase the lead to 68-61. Novak then hit a 3-pointer to make the score 68-64 with 24.9 seconds left.

Winthrop hit three free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

Winthrop used a barrage of 3-pointers to grab a 34-30 halftime lead. The last six shots hit by the Eagles in the half were 3-pointers, including two by Williams and two by Michael Jenkins.

In all, Winthrop hit 7-of-15 3-point shots in the first half and had 9 steals.

Marquette, which was led by Novak's 9 points, was out-rebounded 18-11 and had only 2 offensive rebounds in the first half. That includes one in the final seconds that led to Jerel McNeal hitting a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer.

Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score
Winthrop vs Marquette
11/19/05 8 p.m. at Bradley Center - Milwaukee, Wis.
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VISITORS: Winthrop 2-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 James Shuler........ f  3-10   1-2    8-9    3  2  5   2  15  6  2  0  4  32
05 Craig Bradshaw...... f  5-11   1-4    8-8    4  4  8   3  19  0  3  1  4  30
33 Phillip Williams.... c  3-4    3-4    0-0    0  2  2   0   9  1  2  0  1  26
10 Chris Gaynor........ g  3-6    3-5    3-4    1  2  3   2  12  4  3  0  2  36
12 Torrell Martin...... g  2-15   1-9    1-2    4  2  6   1   6  1  1  0  0  29
11 Michael Jenkins.....    2-3    2-3    0-0    0  2  2   0   6  0  0  0  0  11
22 Otis Daniels........    0-4    0-0    0-2    1  0  1   2   0  0  1  0  0  13
24 DeAndre Adams.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  2  0  0  0   4
30 Billy Houston.......    2-3    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   2   4  0  2  0  1  11
32 Scott Draughn.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  1  0  0  0   8
   TEAM................                         6  1  7
   Totals..............   20-57  11-27  20-25  22 17 39  14  71 15 14  1 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-31 38.7%   2nd Half:  8-26 30.8%   Game: 35.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-15 46.7%   2nd Half:  4-12 33.3%   Game: 40.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half: 17-22 77.3%   Game: 80.0%   3,1

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HOME TEAM: Marquette 1-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
20 Novak, Steve........ f  5-8    5-8    2-2    0  1  1   1  17  1  2  0  0  36
51 Lott, Jamil......... f  2-4    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   3   4  0  2  2  0  19
01 James, Dominic...... g  5-13   2-7    3-4    1  1  2   2  15  7  4  0  2  37
22 McNeal, Jerel....... g  2-4    1-1    1-2    0  4  4   3   6  2  2  1  2  23
23 Matthews, Wesley.... g  4-7    1-3    2-2    1  2  3   3  11  2  3  0  1  29
05 Fitzgerald, Dan.....    1-3    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   2   2  0  1  0  1  20
32 Chapman, Joe........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   6
41 Barro, Ousmane......    1-2    0-0    5-6    1  2  3   3   7  1  1  1  1  21
43 Amoroso, Ryan.......    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   9
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   21-43   9-21  13-16   5 16 21  18  64 13 15  4  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-19 52.6%   2nd Half: 11-24 45.8%   Game: 48.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half:  4-13 30.8%   Game: 42.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-6  83.3%   2nd Half:  8-10 80.0%   Game: 81.3%   2,1

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Officials: Jim Haney, Pat Driscoll, Michael Stephens
Technical fouls: Winthrop-None. Marquette-None.
Attendance: 11119
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Winthrop......................   34   37  -   71
Marquette.....................   30   34  -   64
44th Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic Championship Game
Winthrop OR% 57.9 DR% 77.3
Marquette OR% 22.7 DR% 42.1

Points in the paint-WINTHROP 18,MARQ 22. Points off turnovers-WINTHROP 6,MARQ 21.
2nd chance points-WINTHROP 21,MARQ 7. Fast break points-WINTHROP 2,MARQ 8.
Bench points-WINTHROP 10,MARQ 11. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-2 times.
Largest lead-WINTHROP by 13 2nd-14:05, MARQ by 4 1st-16:14.

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