Marquette beats Kansas in Maui Invitational; No. 1 Kansas next

HONOLULU – Bring on No. 1 Kansas.

The fourth-ranked Marquette men’s basketball team put together a spirited second-half comeback and pulled out a 71-69 victory over UCLA on Monday night in the first round of the Maui Invitational at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

The Golden Eagles (4-0) get to play the top-ranked Jayhawks in a semifinal on Tuesday.

David Joplin led MU with 19 points, but the Golden Eagles got key contributions from the bench to key the comeback.

Box score: Marquette 71, UCLA 69

The Golden Eagles struggled from long range in the first half, converting 5 for 18 (27.8%). Those 18 attempts made up the bulk of MU’s 31 shots in the opening 20 minutes.

MU fell behind, 23-15, the largest deficit it had faced this season.

The Golden Eagles did get back-to-back three-pointers from Kam Jones and Ben Gold to get within 30-28.

UCLA got a three-pointer from Will McClendon in the waning seconds to take a 35-30 lead into the break.

Joplin had 10 points to lead MU in the first half.

Joplin opened the second half by splashing a three-pointer. But then MU didn’t score for four minutes and UCLA scored eight unanswered points to take a 43-33 advantage.

The Bruins added another bucket before Oso Ighodaro ended MU’s drought by throwing down a vicious dunk. Joplin then added another three to give the Golden Eagles life.

Two free throws from Chase Ross and a nifty layup by Sean Jones made it a 9-0 run for MU and UCLA coach Mick Cronin called a timeout.

A technical foul was called on Adem Bona for elbowing Joplin in the face. Kam Jones made the two free throws and then Ighodaro crammed home another dunk and MU had a 46-45 lead.

UCLA finally ended what had become a 17-0 run by knocking down a three-pointer.

The Bruins inched back to within 57-56, but MU’s Tyler Kolek was fouled a drive and nailed both free throws.

UCLA closed the gap to one-point again, but Kolek sank a three-pointer and Ighodaro knocked in a hook to give MU some breathing room at 64-58 with 5:05 remaining.

The Bruins had another punch when Sebastian Mack converted a three-point play that fouled out Kam Jones with 4:05 left and trimmed MU’s lead to 64-63. During a timeout, the officials awarded UCLA a point after a video review determined an earlier shot by UCLA was a three-pointer.

MU responded with a free throw by Ighodaro and another three-pointer by Joplin for a 68-64 lead.

UCLA had a quick 5-0 run to grab the lead back, but Sean Jones sank a three-pointer at the top of the key for a 71-69 lead with 36 seconds left.

MU’s defense then forced UCLA into two misses in the final 21 seconds to seal the win.


Denial of responsibility! Web Today is an automatic aggregator of Global media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, and all materials to their authors. For any complaint, please reach us at – [email protected]. We will take necessary action within 24 hours.
DMCA compliant image

Leave a Comment