Oregon knew what to expect from Marquette’s long range offense.
Stopping the Golden Eagles’ sharpshooters was another matter, however.
Andrew Rowsey scored 22 first half points — including six three pointers — to help Marquette take a 58 38 leadat halftime, and the Golden Eagles rolled to a 101 92 victory over the Ducks in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday.
“That first half we just got blitzed,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We didn’t get any stops, just really stuck in the mud defensively. I think we had 38 or 40 points. We scored a few points, but defensively we didn’t communicate. They got a lot of open shots and just really picked us apart.”
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Oregon, which overcame a 12 point third quarter deficit in its 99 86 victory over Rider in the NIT opener, could not generate a run to get back into the game until it was too late.
The Ducks https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/kavell-bigbywilliams-jersey-c-13.html, who trailed 84 62 entering the final period, used a 10 0 run to pull within 91 76 with 3 35 remaining. A steal and layup by Payton Pritchard cut the lead to 95 84 with 1 56 left.
MiKyle McIntosh led the Ducks 23 13 with 25 points, including 15 of 18 from the free throw line. Paul White had a career high 19 points and Pritchard 16.
Rowsey a 5 11 senior guard, finished with 29 points, including 6 of 11 from three point range, and dished out nine assists. Paul White Jersey Sophomore guard Markus Howard added 18 points , including 4 of 7 from long range.
Entering Sunday, Rowsey 113 and Howard 105 were the most prolific three point tandem in NCAA Division 1.
“We honestly knew that they were going to come in and shoot a lot of threes and make some tough ones,” McIntosh said. “That’s what they did. It’s tough playing a team like that, but when a team’s hot, you’ve got to figure out a way to stop them and do different things, and we just didn’t do that tonight.”
Marquette was 34 of 59 from the field for 57.6 percent, including 12 of 26 from three point range. The Ducks were 29 of 54 from the floor, but were just 4 of 13 beyond the arc. Oregon was 30 of 38 from the free throw line. The 101 points were the most allowed by the Ducks this season.
“We knew we had to come out and get the ball moving against them because they throw a lot of defenses at you https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/roman-sorkin-jersey-c-14.html,” Rowsey said. “For us, it was just breaking their defense and getting our shots.”
In the decisive first half, the Golden Eagles were 10 for 19 from beyond the arc. Marquette also turned eight first half turnovers by the Ducks into 18 points, opting for the three instead of taking it to the basket.
“He gets those threes going and he’s awfully difficult to guard,” Altman said of Rowsey. “He’s really good with the ball. Obviously, he and Howard both getting 20 a game, they’re used to scoring baskets.”
The Ducks turned it over on their first possession of the third quarter https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/dylan-ennis-jersey-c-12.html, Howard responded with a three pointer to make it 61 38, and the Golden Eagles maintained a comfortable cushion the rest of the way in spite of Oregon’s late run.
Marquette 21 13 will host Penn State 23 13 in the NIT quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, a youthful Ducks team with a promising incoming recruiting class will hope to capitalize on its growth this season following last year’s near complete roster makeover, which included departing seniors McIntosh and Elijah Brown.
“Obviously, it didn’t end the way I wanted to as a senior, but I think it’s a good building block for the guys coming back next year,” McIntosh said of the eighth consecutive 20 win season for the Ducks. “If I could have just done my part to help them become a better team next year, then I’m glad I did.”
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Key stat Marquette had 30 points off 13 Oregon turnovers.
Notes Marquette scored a season high 58 points in the first half. That was also the most given up in the first half by Oregon all season. ... Keith Smith, who did not play in Tuesday’s win over Rider due to a hip injury, returned to get two points and two rebounds in eight minutes. ... Elijah Brown, who did not attempt a free throw, set the school single season record by shooting 93.0 percent at the line. He broke the mark of 92.5 set by Joe Young in 2015. ... Kenny Wooten was 2 for 2 from the field to set the school single season record for field goal percentage at 68.1. He broke the mark of 63.6 set by Jordan Bell last season.