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In a much needed game on Monday night, Marquette fought all game and squeaked out a 68-65 victory on the road at NC State. Once again, it was the four usual suspects doing the damage, this time led primarily by Dominic James, Lazar Hayward and Jerel McNeal. James's play was truly inspired in the final 4 minutes, as he scored the team's final 9 points - all on three pointers shot with his body at bizarre angles to the floor - and made a steal (though the box score says he had no steals) on NC State's final possession. Hopefully some of you out-of-towners found bars that had ESPNU, like those of us around here did.
While on paper the game was as close as could be, in reality MU showed itself to be the superior team. Sometimes you must look a bit deeper at the box score to tell the whole story. In this game, NC State was carried completely by Brandon Costner, who went 9-10 from the field, 5-5 from 3-point range, and scored 24 points. Costner is a good player, but he's not that good. Prior to the game, he was shooting 27% on 3-pointers. And the 5 he hit were contested. It was lucky for him to hit the 3's, just as it was probably lucky for James to hit his final three attempts.
The game again should remind us how difficult it is to win on the road in college basketball. If the road team has a lead in the second half, every single call will go against them. While the referees on the whole let the teams play, therefore making the game very enjoyable, it was frustrating to watch charge after charge and block after block down low go NC State's way. But this is the reality of college basketball - MU gets those calls at home - and it emphasizes the magnitude of this victory.
The victory means that MU will likely head into conference play with an 11-2 record, which at the start of the season I said was the realistic minimum goal of the non-conference games. They've now got 2 solid victories on their resume, and even if they go .500 in conference, they should make the NCAA tournament. I'd be mighty worried if they were 9-3 right now.
Discuss the team as desired and Merry Christmas to all.
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