MU Gameday: Marquette 74, Kentucky 66
Lazar Hayward. | Photo: AP
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3:42 p.m. MU 74, UK 66 :03 2nd Half
Matthews with a rebound off a Kentucky three-point miss in the last seconds....how about a couple more free throws to put him in double figures and end the drama.
3:41 p.m. MU 72, UK 66 :10.4 2nd Half
With UK in the frontcourt, Cubillan with Marquette's specialty - the deflection, and Wesley Matthews got to the line for the third time in the late stretch. Again, he makes them both - talk about CLUTCH!
3:40 p.m. MU 70, UK 66 :20.4 2nd Half
Matthews again clutch at the line...9 points after two key free throws.
3:39 p.m. MU 68, UK 66 :20.4 2nd Half
Bradley with a monster three-pointer to make it a two-point game. MU has to go to the line again on an inbound-play foul to send Harris to the bench with five fouls. Matthews has to go to the line.
3:38 p.m. MU 68, UK 63 :31.4 2nd Half
Wesley Matthews fouled in the backcourt - hits two big free throws to make it 17-23 for the game.
3:35 p.m. MU 66, UK 63 :38.1 2nd Half
Joe Crawford makes it 35 points with a three-pointer as Dominic James guarded him - as Westwood One Radio's Dave Sims put it - "in his jock."
3:35 p.m. MU 66, UK 60 1:02 2nd Half
Joe Crawford has 32 points, more than half of Kentucky's production, trying to keep them in the game. Dwight Burke again gets fouled...or shall I say, mugged? He missed the first.
3:33 p.m. MU 66, UK 58 1:20 2nd Half
Dwight Burke, who only shoots 51% from the line, got fouled after rebounding a missed UK layup, missed the second free throw.
3:32 p.m. MU 65, UK 58 1:35 2nd Half
Dominic James does what clutch guys need to do to be clutch guys - hit two free throws late.
3:30 p.m. MU 63, UK 58 1:48 2nd Half
Bradley uses a forearm to push Acker to the floor, then hits a three before a Billy Gillespie time out for UK.
3:28 p.m. MU 63, UK 55 2:11 2nd Half
McNeal with a fadeaway jumper from 12 feet, as MU smartly used all 35 seconds of the shot clock before hitting the big shot.
3:26 p.m. MU 61, UK 55 2:51 2nd Half
Crawford got away with a walk in getting a layup-and-foul, but he missed the free throw.
3:25 p.m. MU 61, UK 53 3:10 2nd Half
Dominic James' defender had no chance on a reverse lay-up.
3:25 p.m. MU 59, UK 53 4:17 2nd Half
Marquette's cleaned up the offensive boards - 14 of them today.
3:21 p.m. MU 59, UK 53 4:17 2nd Half
James wastes most of the 35 second clock before nailing a clutch three-pointer.
3:20 p.m. MU 56, UK 53 5:05 2nd Half
Stephenson cuts to the basket for a pass underneath for a two-hand dunk.
3:20 p.m. MU 56, UK 51 5:19 2nd Half
Hayward called for his third foulm hooking a defender...has to take the bench, 7-11 from the floor, 16 points, 7 boards.
3:18 p.m. MU 56, UK 51 6:17 2nd Half
Marquette with a dominant possession on defense forcing a 24-second shot clock violation...Kentucky being too choosy trying to find a shot.
3:17 p.m. MU 56, UK 51 6:53 2nd Half
Barro gets called for over the back trying to grab a Hayward miss. Jerel McNeal leaves the game with a limp, hurting MU's offensive prowess.
3:11 p.m. MU 56, UK 51 8:03 2nd Half
Stevenson gets a rebound and putback as the action gets really slippery - a bunch of guys hitting the deck because of moisture on the floor.
3:11 p.m. MU 56, UK 49 8:29 2nd Half
Matthews 15-foot jumper in the right lane...beautiful.
3:10 p.m. MU 54, UK 49 8:48 2nd Half
A three for Crawford - 28 points for the day following an old-fashioned three as well.
3:08 p.m. MU 54, UK 43 9:52 2nd Half
McNeal with a beautiful one-on-one move makes it 18 points on a perfect drive to the lane.
3:07 p.m. MU 52, UK 43 10:32 2nd Half
James draws Bradley's fourth foul, and hits both free throws to really put UK in serious trouble, but Billy Gillespie keeps Bradley in the game.
3:06 p.m. MU 50, UK 43 11:02 2nd Half
Hayward with a putback on a James layup miss - 16 for Lazar.
3:05 p.m. MU 48, UK 43 11:18 2nd Half
Bradley now has three fouls.
3:04 p.m MU 48, UK 43 11:34 2nd Half
James has three fouls now, and Bradley hits two free throws for UK.
3:00 p.m. MU 48, UK 41 12:22 2nd Half
Jasper with a bank-in three for Kentucky, but Lazar Hayward connecting on another three. Take that, Wildcat! 14 for Hayward, 16 for McNeal.
2:56 p.m. MU 45, UK 38 13:22 2nd Half
McNeal taking advantage of solid defense by Ousmane Barro for a coast-to-coast lay-up, and Marquette has a 12-4 run going. Nine Kentucky turnovers leading to 16 MU points so far.
2:55 p.m. MU 43, UK 38 14:05 2nd Half
James with a scoop shot layup in more traffic than the Marquette interchange at 4:05 p.m.
2:53 p.m. MU 41, UK 38 15:00 2nd Half
Super defense, holding Kentucky for 33 seconds, forced a turnover, a dish, and a facial-administrering power dunk by Hayward, but Bradley with a dribble-drive layup answer.
2:48 p.m. MU 39, UK 36 16:05 2nd Half
McNeal can thank Lazar Hayward for a big rebound off his three-point miss...McNeal then drives the lane for a layup.
2:47 p.m. MU 37, UK 36 17:09 2nd Half
Dominic James gets a break with a foul on a call that was all-ball, and he hits one of two free throws to take advantage.
2:47 p.m. MU 36, UK 36 17:25 2nd Half
Lazar Hayward walked with the ball, but it's a very slippery court with the hockey ice underneath.
2:45 p.m. MU 36, UK 36 18:14 2nd Half
McNeal with an answer producing a three, but Crawford goes back and forth with them fast paced with a lay-up.
2:44 p.m. UK 34, MU 33 19:00 2nd Half
Crawford with a rebound and putback in the lane, five quick points, Kentucky back in the lead.
2:43 p.m. MU 33, UK 32 19:30 2nd Half
Crawford wide open right wing for a three-pointer, and Harris with a steal to give Kentucky a chance at the lead.
2:41 p.m. MU 33, UK 29 Halftime
Marquette simply has to keep Kentucky off the board and put the Wildcats in big time foul trouble. Harris with three fouls, Stephenson and Crawford with two. MU has 9 offensive rebounds so far, and if they can wear the Wildcats' thin bench out, they're in business.
2:26 p.m. MU 33, UK 29 Halftime
Lazar Hayward took advantage of Kentucky's trap defense, getting to the opening, and passers found him wide open for a three-pointer to end the first half.
2:25 p.m. MU 30, UK 29 :15.4 1st Half
Bradley with a dribble-drive down the left lane over Barro to cut the lead to one.
2:24 p.m. MU 30, UK 27 :30 1st Half
Apparently, when you battle for a rebound and get hit to the floor like Jerel McNeal did, against Kentucky, the refs will call a travel.
2:23 p.m. MU 30, UK 27 1:14 1st Half
Barro connects on two free throws, where they've made a living this first half, keeping the lead.
2:21 p.m. MU 28, UK 27 1:50 1st Half
Crawford missed the second of a one-and-one...but Kentucky got the rebound, yet they couldn't hit, and MU slows down a frantic game.
2:20 p.m. MU 28, UK 26 2:32 1st Half
Crawford with the front of the one-and-one.
2:19 p.m. MU 28, UK 25 2:49 1st Half
Acker stole a rebound after his own miss, setting up a McNeal jumper.
2:17 p.m. MU 26, UK 25 3:22 1st Half
Lazar Hayward produced a steal, but committed a foul, allowing Porter to hit two free throws for UK.
2:13 p.m. MU 26, UK 23 3:32 1st Half
McNeal with a three-pointer, pushing off the defender with his left hand to keep MU in the lead.
2:13 p.m. MU 23, UK 23 3:55 1st Half
Crawford with a power dunk.
2:12 p.m. MU 23, UK 21 4:30 1st Half
Perry connects on two free throws for UK.
2:11 p.m. MU 23, UK 19 4:33 1st Half
Four people hitting the floor near the Marquette bench as both teams are playing an especially physical style.
2:10 p.m. MU 23, UK 19 5:10 1st Half
McNeal hits two free throws, Kentucky facing mounting foul trouble with eight team fouls.
2:09 p.m. MU 21, UK 19 5:25 1st Half
Crawford with a tough drive to the lane connects to keep it one possession.
2:08 p.m. MU 21, UK 17 5:49 1st Half
James hits two free throws, the first time a Marquette guy hits two free throws in the last three attempted two-shot situations.
2:07 p.m. MU 19, UK 17 6:05 1st Half
A perfect inbound pick and roll play created a wide-open dunk by Stephenson.
2:05 p.m. MU 19, UK 15 6:37 1st Half
Crawford missed the first of two free throws, but connected on the second. Each of the last five scoring possessions came from free throws.
2:05 p.m. MU 19, UK 14 6:45 1st Half
MU's on a 15-4 run.
2:04 p.m. MU 19, UK 14 7:02 1st Half
James' quickness takes advantage again as he drives the lane and draws another foul - but he splits again. Harris gets foul number three.
2:02 p.m. MU 18, UK 14 7:21 1st Half
Cubillan drives to the lane and gets fouled, missing the first, hitting the second. Marquette's only attempted one three-pointer.
2:01 p.m. MU 17, UK 14 7:48 1st Half
Bradley hits two free throws on a Matthews foul.
1:57 p.m. MU 17, UK 12 7:48 1st Half
Action is close guarding, with officials allowing a lot of hand-to-body contact outside the lane.
1:56 p.m. MU 17, UK 12 8:17 1st Half
Wesley Matthews took it hard to the hoop, got hit hard under the hoop for a foul, and hit the second of two free throws.
1:54 p.m. MU 16, UK 12 9:50 1st Half
Stephenson with a dunk on a missed assignment by a Marquette defender.
1:51 p.m. MU 16, UK 10 10:02 1st Half
Dan Fitzgerald with a power putback on a Hawyard missed-three - MU's scored the last 10 points.
1:51 p.m. MU 14, UK 10 10:34 1st Half
Acker went pump fake on a down-the-lane drive for a layup.
1:49 p.m. MU 12, UK 10 11:13 1st Half
Lazar Hayward does the dirty work inside, taking a charge.
1:49 p.m. MU 12, UK 10 11:40 1st Half
McNeal with a layup right baseline for the first lead since the first possession.
1:45 p.m. MU 10, UK 10 12:10 1st Half
A huge Dwight Burke block produces a four-point turnaround with a Hayward putback of an Acker miss.
1:43 p.m. UK 10, MU 8 13:26 1st Half
Lazar Hayward with a beautiful back-into-your-man-post-up for a layup off glass.
1:41 p.m. UK 10, MU 6 15:08 1st Half
Kentucky ownes the early rebound advantage, 5-3.
1:36 p.m. UK 10, MU 6 15:08 1st Half
Crawford took in a backdoor pass for an easy, wide open dunk, but Wesley Matthews answered with a courageous drive to the hoop.
1:35 p.m. UK 8, MU 4 16:55 1st Half
Bradley and Lazar Hayward trade baskets, UK still in control.
1:34 p.m. UK 6, MU 2 17:40 1st Half
After four combined missed shots, Crawford extended UK's lead with a 3.
1:33 p.m. UK 3, MU 2 19:01 1st Half
Romelle Bradley nailed a 3 to answer MU's first score.
1:32 p.m. MU 2, Kentucky 0 19:31 1st Half
Dominique James drove and found Ousemane Barro for an easy layup to start the game.
1:31 p.m. MU 0, Kentucky 0 20:00First Half
MU wins the tipoff. They're wearing white while Kentucky wears the traditional blue.