After Carlino’s jumper found the bottom of the net, Creighton pushed the ball upcourt into the hands of center Will Artino on the right wing. The 6-11 Artino drove the ball into the paint with his left hand and had a good look at a running left-handed hook. His shot rimmed out, a tip-in try by teammate Rick Kreklow was off mark and the Blue Jays headed out of Milwaukee the same way they arrived, still searching for their first Big East win.
“I’ve hit game winners before, but not like that,” said the fifth-year senior Carlino.
“He’s won games for us before,” said Marquette Coach Steve Wojciechowski, thinking perhaps of Carlino’s 38-point outburst that led Marquette to a 72-70 victory over Georgia Tech on November 27. “Matt’s head and heart are always in the right place. All he cares about is winning.”
“I thought we defended their action real well,” said Creighton Coach Greg McDermott. “We ran into a ball screen and he (Carlino) hit a real contested shot.”
After trailing for a majority of the game and by as many as 14 points in the first half, Creighton rallied to take a 42-41 lead on a tip-in basket by Devin Brooks at the 7:32 mark of the second half. The game see-sawed and after Creighton went ahead 52-48 on a jump shot by Artino with 1:05 remaining, Carlino connected on a turnaround, fadeaway jumper from midrange, a high degree of difficulty shot., that pulled Marquette to within two points and set the stage for his game-winning shot from behind the arc.
Marquette came away with the win despite making ten turnovers and going over a ten minute stretch in the second half without scoring a field goal. “Our guys showed tremendous fight and tremendous character today–that’s the reason we won the game,” said Wojciechowski commenting on his team’s ability to survive its turnover-plagued and field goal-challenged second half.
Redshirt freshman Duane Wilson helped Carlino carry the scoring load for Marquette by scoring 14 second half points. A rangy 6-2 combo guard and native of Milwaukee, Wilson connected on two three-point shots, one off the bounce going left and one off a catch, as Marquette increased its lead to 38-29 with 13 minutes left in the game.
With Wilson scoring 14 points and Carlino chipping in 11 in the second half, the two Golden Eagles accounted for all of Marquette’s 25 points after halftime. “Matt and Duane hit some huge shots for us,” said Wojciechowski. “With these two, they’re never scared. Both kids were great tonight.”
A dejected McDermott began his postgame comments by saying, “I’m a little under the weather tonight, and that (defeat) didn’t help, by the way.”
After getting off to a 6-2 lead, points were hard to come by for the Blue Jays the rest of the first half. Creighton needed three-point shots from Isaiah Zierden and Rick Kreklow in the last minute of the the half to rally to within a 28-21 halftime deficit.
“I thought we got into the teeth of their zone and passed out for some step-in threes, but our shots didn’t fall in the first half,” said McDermott. After leading the country in three-point shooting percentage last season with a 41 percentage mark, Creighton entered the game against Marquette shooting at a 34 percent clip from distance. The Blue Jays connected on only 27 percent of their three-point attempts against Marquette, making seven of 26 attempts.
Austin Chatman, Creighton’s senior point guard and leading scorer with a 12 point per game average, labored to get clean looks at the basket and finished with two points. Listed generously at six feet fall, the senior struggled to negotiate the Marquette zone and the length of the Marquette wing players. “Their length is something tricky for us to simulate in practice,” said McDermott.
Like Carlino, Kreklow is a fifth-year senior who came off the Blue Jays bench to lead Creighton with 13 points. He led the Blue Jays with three steals and combined with his teammates to limit Marquette’s leading scorer, Luke Fischer, to a season-low two points.
“Will Artino did a terrific job on Luke; he was very active,” said McDermott. “Luke’s too good a player to catch it down there and let him go to work scoring the way he can over both shoulders.” After scoring Marquette’s first two points flashing to the rim to catch and score on a lay-up, Fisher went scoreless the rest of the game. “Every time Luke caught the ball today, it seemed like he had seven guys on him,” said Wojciechowski.
The loss lowered Creighton’s overall record to 9-9 and 0-5 in the Big East as it returns home to host Providence on January 17. Marquette improved its record to 10-6 and 2-2 in conference with the one-point victory. The Golden Eagles begin a two-game road trip at Xavier on January 17.
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