No. 11 Men's Basketball Falls To Marquette, 79-68

Junior Blount scores 25 points against Marquette on Saturday.

Junior Blount scores 25 points against Marquette on Saturday.

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas - Dwyane Wade does a lot more than just score for No. 11 Marquette.

In addition to his 22 points Saturday, Wade had 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks to lead the Golden Eagles to a 79-68 victory over TCU.

"That just shows how complete he can be," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "When you can put it together that way, his value is even greater for our program. That tells you how much he works, and that puts pressure on everybody else to step it up."

Marquette (20-4, 11-2 C-USA) responded to Wade, and TCU never had an answer for stopping Conference USA's leading scorer (21.3 ppg).

Wade's putback basket, a tip-in of his own miss, started the game-deciding 17-3 run in which five Marquette players scored after TCU (8-17, 2-11) had taken its only lead.

Wade then had a steal and traded passes with Scott Merritt before his slam dunk tied the game at 47. The Golden Eagles led for good after Merritt was hacked and made two free throws with 13:10 left after taking a pass from Wade.

"I love it. The team has confidence in me that when I get the ball I can create something good," Wade said.

Robert Jackson had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, whose only loss in their last 13 games was 73-70 to No. 4 Louisville a week ago.

"It was tough inside because they were throwing double and triple teams, but it's something I'm used to," Jackson said. "We thought early with our size advantage that we could establish our low post play, and we did a good job of that."

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Jackson had a 3-inch and 30-pound advantage on every player that went on the court for TCU.

Junior Blount had 25 points and Corey Santee added 18 for TCU. The guards each had five assists, but the rest of the Horned Frogs had just 25 points and two assists.

 

 

Wade's consecutive baskets to tie the game were the first of nine straight Marquette points. The Golden Eagles went ahead 54-47 when Wade drove the baseline into traffic and, instead of forcing a shot, passed to Karo Bradley for an open 3-pointer.

"He doesn't force a lot of things," TCU coach Neil Dougherty said. "He's not afraid to make the plays himself or trust his teammates to finish it off. He played within himself and made the right decisions."

Blount keyed a 7-0 spurt that gave the Horned Frogs their only lead.

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Blount stepped inside a defender for a 14-foot jumper and after Merritt's turnover, Blount hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to put TCU up 45-43. Wade then missed a shot, and Blount made the pass to Chudi Chinweze for an alley-oop dunk.

TCU's lead didn't last long. Marquette went on its game-deciding run and pushed the lead to 63-52 by time Travis Diener hit a long 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6:37 left.

When Blount hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 1:24 left, TCU was within 73-68 - but wouldn't get closer. Steve Novak responded for Marquette with a 3-pointer.

The Frogs are 10-77 all-time against ranked teams, including an 0-4 mark this season under first-year coach Neil Dougherty, the former Kansas assistant. Their last win over a Top 25 opponent was against Fresno State on Feb. 15, 2001, the last ranked team to play at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

"We had a great effort, we just drew the bad end of the straw again," Blount said. "We can't go back to not getting lucky. We have to finish games."


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