No. 22 Marquette wins against No. 21 Notre Dame
After beating the Syracuse Orange, the Marquette Golden Eagles faced their next opponent Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Marquette played another good game and won 72-64.
Chris Otule brought his A-game Saturday as he made all eight of his shot attempts for a total of 16 points, according to NBA Sports. Jamil Wilson also had a good game with 19 points.
While the Golden Eagles do not have any huge stars like some of the other teams in the Big East, they have a great rotation. Their rotation is full of talented veterans who know how to get a lead and hold onto it. They’re a team that knows how to play hard to win a game.
“I have been disappointed in our team zero times in their attitude. I think it is the reason we have won (this whole time) is because of our attitude,” said coach Buzz Williams, according to the Associated Press.
That attitude is present across all the players, including the ones on the bench. Marquette’s bench outscored Notre Dame’s 32-20.
Williams said, “When all 10 of our guys show up, then it becomes really difficult for me to get guys in and out. I am not taking Jamil out when he is playing as well as he is. I am not taking Chris out when he is playing as well as he is. I am not taking Davante (Gardner) out when he is playing as well as he is. That is the kind of problem I want to have.”
For Notre Dame, Jerian Grant led in scoring with 21 points. Eric Atkins also made a large impact for the Irish with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Jack Cooley, who has been Notre Dame’s leading scorer, was limited due to an illness. Coach Mike Brey brought Cooley with the team and began to doubt his decision.
Brey said, “He didn’t practice the last two days. We got him off an IV yesterday. In hindsight, I wonder if I should have brought him on this trip. (He had a) virus flu. He wanted to try it, and, obviously, he just wasn’t there.”
Cooely started in the second half, but Brey pulled him out and told him to rest and get better.
Marquette shot 59.6% while Notre Dame was only shooting at 38.3%. Marquette took the lead early in the first half and continued to play that way in the second half.