Rapid Reax: Marquette 79, Washington 77
December, 7, 2011
By Kieran Darcy | ESPN.com
Here’s a quick take on Marquette’s dramatic 79-77 victory over Washington in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
What it means: No. 11-ranked Marquette improves to 8-0 on the season. Trailing by a point with less than 10 seconds left in the game, Jae Crowder drained a 3-pointer from the right corner to provide the winning points.
Washington falls to 4-3 on the season, after Abdul Gaddy’s well-covered shot attempt from the right wing was way off the mark at the buzzer.
The skinny: Washington got out of the gate quickly, taking an early 11-2 lead and leading to a quick timeout by Marquette coach Buzz Williams. But the Golden Eagles fought back, finally taking their first lead of the game, 27-26, with just under six minutes left in the half. The game remained tight, with Marquette taking a 37-34 lead into the locker room at the break.
The second half of this game was a incredible seesaw battle, with 18 -- yes, 18! -- lead changes, and no team leading by more than five (and that was only after the first bucket after intermission). Terrence Ross hit a tough foul-line bank shot with 17 seconds left to give Washington a 77-76 lead, and then Crowder hit the winner 10 seconds later.
Star watch: Marquette senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom did not have a very good shooting night from the field (6-for-17), but still led the Golden Eagles with 23 points. Crowder chipped in 18.
For Washington, Ross led the way with 19 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the field. C.J. Wilcox added 15 points.
Number crunch: Obviously this was a very tight game -- they don’t get much tighter. Washington was plus-14 on the boards (46-32), including 18-11 on the offensive glass. But Marquette had a 19-5 advantage on made free throws. The Huskies were just 5-for-10 from the charity stripe.
What’s next: Marquette will host Green Bay on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Washington will remain in New York City, playing No. 5 Duke at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at noon ET.