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wo days removed from a loss to Nebraska Omaha, Marquette went into the half trailing NJIT by two Monday night. Even though the Golden Eagles had only allowed 30 points, the Highlanders were shooting 61.6%. The main reason the score was still close was NJIT committed 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
"The locker room at halftime, everybody was in good spirits," Marquette redshirt freshman Duane Wilson said. "The main thing was we just wanted to focus on defense. That's all coach was talking about at halftime in the locker room (saying), 'Let's keep playing defense, let's get their percentage down.' And that's what we did in the second half."
Marquette certainly looked more energized on defense after the break. The Golden Eagles didn't allow many open shots and helped well when the Highlanders got the ball into the paint. The result was 8-for-33 shooting for NJIT in the second half.
"We tried to compact our defense," head coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "We didn’t try to get as spread out. I think guys stepped up and put their bodies on the line. We played with more physicality Basketball Shoes for Sale in the paint."
2. The Marquette offense did enough to get the win, but they left a lot of points on the table. There were way too many missed layups, and no one's shots were immune. The Golden Eagles went 15-for-41 inside the 3-point arc, with many of their 26 missed shots coming in or near the paint.
Wojciechowski said he wanted to play an inside-out and said he thought his team was very Kobe 8 Shoes for sale patient on offense and didn't settle, calling their shot selection "the best shots we've taken." Now he wants to see them make more of those quality shots.
"We got the ball in great areas offensively," Wojciechowski said. "We have to learn to finish better and finish through contact. I don’t think we did that as well as we should be capable of doing. When we get the ball by Kevin Durant V Shoes the basket, we have to come up with points, free throws or both. The fact is, we got the ball by the basket. That’s a step. The next step is finishing and completing plays."
3. Duane Wilson, who scored 18 points, was one of KD 6 for sale the better players on the floor, but even he had mixed success. He attacked the basket relentlessly and earned himself 10 free throws in the process (making nine), but he also couldn't get close ones to fall with regularity.
"You've just got to keep on attacking," he said. "Just because you miss a shot doesn't mean you stop being aggressive. If you stop being aggressive that takes you out the game. I feel like everybody did a good job of just keeping on attacking and not giving up. We missed a lot of bunnies, but we kept on getting offensive rebounds and attacking the paint and getting paint touches."
4. Marquette finished with 17 offensive rebounds, but only 11 second-chance points. Not a great result for all of that work on the glass.
5. Wojciechowski went with a new starting lineup for the first time this season. Derrick Wilson and Duane entered the starting five, replacing Jajuan Johnson and Sandy Cohen III.
"Derrick came off a great game," Wojciechowski said. "Derrick has not been able to practice for most of the season. Derrick is a starter, whether he starts or comes off the bench. He’s a vital cog of what we are doing. Like I just mentioned, I thought Duane had his best week of practice so we rewarded that. We need everybody. Sandy and JJ had their opportunities, and they will continue to get them. I thought JJ played a good game. But the lineup we started, I felt, gave us the best chance to start the game well."
6. Derrick, coming off a career high against Nebraska Omaha, went 0-for-5 with 0 points, but had a team-high four assists. Carlino also went 0-for-5, finishing with one point, three assists, two steals and a rebound in 22 minutes. Taylor, who had 20 points against Ohio State, who just two points against Omaha and started Monday 0-for-3 before making two of his next four shots and contributing seven points and 12 rebounds.
7. Wojciechowski was asked after the game if he ever needs to remind himself that his team is a work in progress.
"No, I’m aware of that all the time," he answered.
8. NJIT came just short of the biggest win in its history. After joining Division I in 2006, the Highlanders have never beaten a team from a major conference. They won the now-defunct Great West Conference in 2013 and are currently the only D-I team without a conference affiliation.
9. NJIT sophomore Damon Lynn scored a team-high 13 points in the loss, scoring 10 of those points on 3-for-6 shooting in the first half. He went ice cold in the second half, though, going 1-for-14, including 1-for-8 from behind the arc.