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Marquette miraculously beats Davidson: Grades

Junior Cadougan: Marquette barely escaped, and probably shouldn’t have, but one of the biggest reasons was Cadougan’s efficiency. He only finished with one assist, but for just the third time all year he did not commit a turnover. He added four points and five rebounds, and also had two clutch steals in the first half to keep Marquette in it. Major kudos to the senior.

Vander Blue: Mr. Blue is earning quite the reputation for last-second heroics. After an almost identical played helped Marquette to an overtime win over St. John’s to win the Big East, the junior guard took a lefty drive all the way to the hoop to score the game-winner with 1.0 second remaining. He also hit a 3-pointer to cut Davidson’s lead to two, 56-54, with 27 seconds left. GRADE: A+

Trent Lockett: Look no further for your unsung hero of the game. Lockett played a Marquette-high 38 minutes, had a season-high 11 rebounds, and added five points and a steal in the win. Late in the contest he saved a ball going out of bounds to let Jamil Wilson recover it earn a trip to the free throw line. Wilson hit 1-of-2, but it ended up being an important one.

Juan Anderson: Not the best game for Marquette’s “starting” power forward, who missed all three shots, committed three fouls and turned it over once. He did have two rebounds, but Butler’s inside presence will give him fits on Saturday. His 16 minutes to give Wilson a breather paid off down the stretch, however. GRADE: C

Chris Otule: Multiple times this year we have said about the fifth-year senior, “that was the best game of Chris Otule’s career.” Today we mean it, and it’s a no-brainer. He recorded his first career double-double, going for 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. He was given the tough assignment of guarding the stretch-fours in Jake Cohen and De’Mon Brooks, but overall this was his best game in a Marquette uniform. Easily. GRADE: A+

Davante Gardner: This was worst-case scenario for Gardner, facing two forwards with the ability to shoot from deep and drive to the basket. But what he lacked on defense, he made up for on offense, finishing 3-4 from the field made all four attempts from the free throw line to finish with nine points in 17 minutes. GRADE: B

Jamil Wilson: Arguably his worst performance in the last month became one Marquette fans will remember forever, as Wilson drained two 3-pointers in the closing minute to keep Marquette in it. He finished with 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and got to the free throw line a team-high six times. Blue will get the credit, but Wilson did just as much to secure the victory. GRADE: A

Todd Mayo: He’s almost entirely out of the rotation at this point, playing just nine minutes and missing his only attempt, a 3-pointer. His defense was solid against a tough, always-moving Davidson backcourt, but that was about the only positive to take away from Mayo today. GRADE: C

Derrick Wilson: 13 solid minutes for Wilson, who recorded a steal and committed a turnover. A classic line for him, but he makes up for his lack of offense with suffocating defense. GRADE: B

Steve Taylor Jr.: Defense continues to hold Taylor back. He played three minutes and did not log a statistic.

Jake Thomas: Missed his only 3-point attempt in four minutes.

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