GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) The Marquette men’s basketball team lost at U-W Green Bay last night, 49-to-47. The Golden Eagles had a chance to win in the closing seconds, but Jake Thomas missed an open three-point attempt. Marquette shot just 39-percent and scored 24 fewer points than its season average.
The Phoenix only dressed eight players due to injuries – but they managed to stifle Marquette’s offense by playing a zone defense the entire night. It goaded the Eagles into committing 13 turnovers, to nine miscues for Green Bay.
Marquette coach Buzz Williams called it the slowest game in Division-One all year. Green Bay coach Brian Wardle – a former Marquette player and assistant coach – said it was the smartest game his Phoenix had played all season. Both teams had sub-par shooting nights at just under 39-percent apiece.
There was no clear rebounding edge, either. Jamil Wilson was the only Marquette player to score in double figures. He had 16. Keifer Sykes scored 20 for Green Bay, and Greg Mayes had 11. Green Bay only scored 20 points in the second half, to 16 for Marquette.
The Phoenix improved to 4-and-7, and will host South Dakota on Saturday. Marquette is now 7-and-3, and will host L-S-U on Saturday.