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Purdue 78 Marquette 75: The Numbers


Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Feast Week! Marquette fought gamely but came up short in the championship game of the Maui Classic. The narrow 78-75 loss to Purdue is no consolation to Shaka Smart, not a subscriber to moral victories. On the flip side his club exited Hawaii with two solid wins in arguably the most leaded eight team tournament field in history. The numbers…



Possessions: 68

Offensive Efficiency: Purdue 115, Marquette 110



Marquette

Purdue

eFG Pct.

56

59

FT Rate

19

25

OREB Pct.

18

42

TO Rate

13

22


Marquette forced the Boilermakers into 15 turnovers. Matt Painter’s Boilers did own the offensive glass by a 13-5 count. Zach Edey of Purdue had seven alone, two more than the entire Marquette output.


Purdue was 14 of 17 (82%) at the rim with Edey, the game’s high scorer with 28, going 9 of 11 (82%). Marquette was 18 of 31 (58%) at the rim. Edey simply proved a formidable presence at both the offensive and defensive end.


Tyler Kolek paced Marquette with 22 points. The senior guard added seven rebounds and handed out six assists.


Departing the island with two wins is an admirable accomplishment. Several teams, certain to be heard from in March, headed back to the mainland 1-2.


One thing not to be measured is heart. Smart’s group showed it throughout the tournament. Especially when they battled back from a 15 point deficit with 18 minutes remaining in the contest.

Next up for 5-1 Marquette, a home date with Southern on Tuesday.