Marquette hangs on for an 84-80 win over LSU

Marquette produced much more of a complete effort on offense Saturday afternoon, rebounding from a brutal loss at Green Bay on Wednesday with a 84-80 win over LSU.

Davante Gardner led the team with 19 points and the Golden Eagles shot 49.1 percent from the field.

Marquette (8-3) made its first three shots and seven of its first nine en route to a 17-3 lead just 4:05 into the game.

The team shot 38.8 percent and scored 47 points in its 49-47 defeat against the Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Gardner scored 11 points in the first half but was largely held in check for most of the second half. He did hit six big free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Marquette led 43-22 with 5:12 left in the first half after redshirt senior center Chris Otule’s two free throws, but LSU (7-2) answered with a 27-6 run over the next 10:14 to tie the game at 49 with 14:56 to play.

The Golden Eagles immediately answered with an 8-0 run that was quickly answered again by the Tigers to even the score at 57 with 10:00 to play.

LSU took its first lead at 58-57 on a free throw by Charles Carmouche, but Marquette came back with a 9-0 run of its own to take a 66-58 lead with 7:20 to play. The run was sparked by back-to-back threes by Vander Blue and Jamil Wilson, the latter of which ended in a four-point play.

The Golden Eagles stretched the lead to 72-62 with 3:53 left after a basket and a free throw from Blue. LSU cut the lead back to 74-67 after Andre Stringer’s sixth 3-pointer of the game with 2:48 left and a dunk by Johnny O’Bryant III cut the lead to 76-72 with 1:47 left.

The outcome was in doubt after Carmouche’s free throws cut the lead to 78-76 with 40.7 seconds left, but a pair of free throws from Gardner increased the lead back to four.

It wasn’t until Carmouche turned the ball over and Gardner hit two more free throws with 17 second left that Marquette could breathe easy.

The 84 points Marquette scored was the most since its 89-62 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 20.

Blue joined Cadougan, Gardner and Wilson in double digits, scoring 17 points.

Marquette gets a week off before it hosts North Carolina Central on Dec. 29.

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