Washington pushed Marquette to the limit, but in the end Jae Crowder (pictured above) kept Marquette perfect on the season. Everyone has heard the Jimmy V speech, and every time I hear it I get goose bumps. So it was fitting that one of the Jimmy V classic games came right down to the wire. Both teams made big shot after big shot until Crowder hit a 3 with 6.3 seconds to go. Washington would go on to miss a 3 badly at the buzzer for a Marquette 79-77 win. I was trying to enjoy watching Home Alone 2 on ABC Family Tuesday night, but this thrilling game was just too hard to look away from.
Still, the Golden Eagles came out looking rusty after an impressive showing against the Badgers Saturday. Four minutes into the game Tuesday night Washington was out to an early 13-4 lead. After a TV timeout Marquette started getting things together, but never got up by a large amount. Marquette took its first lead of the game 27-26 with six minutes to go in the first half. Marquette's largest lead was 5 points, and lead by 4 at halftime.
Darius Johnson-Odom lead the way with 23 points. I talked about Crowder making the game winning shot, and he finished with 18 points. The thing about Crowder is he only had 2 points in the first half. So good to see he stayed confident and had a huge second half. Another player that has been playing well for the Golden Eagles is Todd Mayo. Mayo, who is the younger brother of O.J. Mayo, finished the game with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Marquette moves to 8-0 on the season, and are just out of the top ten, ranked number 11 in the nation. Next up for Marquette is UW-Green Bay on Saturday. Marquette should be able to stay undefeated when UWGB comes to Milwaukee. Once Big East play starts I think we will really get a feel for how good Marquette is going to be. As it stands right now this could be a very dangerous team this year.