Marquette in the zone, beats Syracuse

February, 26, 2013
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No. 22 Marquette held off No. 12 Syracuse, 74-71, to win its 24th straight home game, the second-longest active home winning streak in Division I. Davante Gardner led the way, coming off the bench to score a career-high 26 points, going 7-for-7 from the floor and 12-for-13 from the foul line. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

He's the only player in the past 17 seasons to come off the bench and go 7-for-7 or better from the floor and shoot at least 90 percent from the foul line (min. 10 attempts).

The Golden Eagles played zone defense on a season-high 63.6 percent of its defensive possessions, limiting the Orange to 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) shooting from the 3-point line against the zone. Entering Monday’s game, Marquette had played zone defense just 11.9 percent of the time in the half court this season.

On the other hand, Marquette scored 61 points against Syracuse’s zone, the most the Orange have allowed against their zone defense in a game this season.

Marquette grabbed 55.6 percent of its own missed shots, its highest offensive rebounding percentage in a Big East game in the past five seasons. The Eagles’ 15 second-chance points are the second-most Syracuse has allowed in a conference game this season.

Gardner had 10 of Marquette’s 15 second-chance points, eight of which came off of his own offensive rebounds.

Carter-Williams Couldn’t Create

Entering Monday’s game, Michael Carter-Williams had scored or assisted on nearly 41 percent of Syracuse’s points in Big East games.

He had five assists Monday which led to just 12 Syracuse points, and his 10 assists in the past two games have led to 25 points.

There have been eight times this season when Carter-Williams’ assists have led to at least 25 points in a single game, all Syracuse wins.

Stats to Know

Marquette attempted 28 more free throws than Syracuse and shot almost 83 percent from the line.

Syracuse has lost two straight games against ranked teams -- before then, the Orange were 10-1 since the start of last season against ranked opponents.

Marquette has won 17 straight Big East home games (last losing on March 2, 2011 to Cincinnati) and six straight home games against ranked teams.

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