Michigan State used a barrage of three-pointers to beat Marquette 79-68 in a semifinal game at the Orlando Classic tonight. The Spartans turned the ball over 16 times and only collected 5 offensive rebounds, but an effective field goal percentage of 71.1% was enough to push them to victory over what Coach Tom Izzo called, “the tougher team.”
Below you’ll find two videos of the post game comments. Coach Wojo and redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson, who led Marquette with 15 points, spoke to the media.
In addition, it’s worth viewing and listening to the comments from Coach Izzo who had high praise for Marquette and its first-year head coach.
Miscellaneous Game Notes and Comments
- Matt Carlino’s shooting wasn’t on par with last night’s effort, but he did score 14 points on 4/13 (2/6 3FG) shooting (38.5% eFG) and was 4/4 at the line. The senior also added a team-high (tied) 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
- After falling behind by 16 with over 11 minutes to play, Marquette surged back and made a game of it. In the end shooting beat out effort tonight, but MU showed a lot of good things.
- Steve Taylor, Jr. hurt his ankle late in the game, but later returned to action. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 boards, tallied 3 assists and 2 steals with only 1 turnover in a solid effort. He’ll be evaluated further, but the team’s tallest eligible player will likely be ready to go on Sunday.
- Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine scored 25 points tonight after setting a career-high last night with 19. He was 8/14 (6/10 3FG) and shot 78.6% eFG, but did turn the ball over 7 times.
- Effective gield goal percentage: Michigan State 71.1%, Marquette 50.0%. (Ohio State shot 73.5% against MU earlier this season.)
- Turnover rate: Marquette 18.6%, Michigan State 24.8%
- Offensive rebounding: Marquette 34.3%, Michigan State 22.7%
- Free throw rate: Michigan State 40.0%, Marquette 32.1%
- Marquette will play Tennessee on Sunday at approximately 3 p.m. CT in the Orlando Classic’s third-place game