Marquette fell 85-56 to visiting Mishawaka Marian Thursday at the Scholl Center on Senior Night, an evening where it toasted its lone graduating senior, Oz Brooks.
Brooks, who was accompanied by his parents, Josh and Lisa, was recognized before tip-off. The senior posted three points in his final game on the Scholl Center floor.
Mishawaka Marian manufactured a 16-0 first-quarter run to collect a 23-10 advantage after eight minutes. Sophomore Jason Kobe splashed his first of three triples as part of a five-point period.
The Blazers drew to within eight points in the early stages of the second quarter. Kobe reached double figures by virtue of another five-point frame, but the Knights finished the quarter with a fury. Behind a 15-2 half-closing blitz, Marian led 45-22 at the break.
During the intermission, Marquette honored senior cheerleader Zoe Kolosci alongside parents, Joe and Shannon.
Junior Britain Harris burst out for eight points in the third quarter, but Marquette was unable to chip away at the deficit.
Mishawaka Marian, one of the strongest teams in Class 3A, cruised to an 85-56 victory.
Harris canned a pair of fourth-quarter threes to lead Marquette in scoring with 16 points. Kobe was one off the team-watermark with 15. Sophomore Connor Bakota provided nine points off the bench.
Thursday signaled the denouement of the 2020-21 regular season, a campaign few believed would be completed tip-to-horn without breach or pause. Amongst the 23-game slate, Marquette rattled off a winning streak of 11 tilts, a span which included a Red & Blue Holiday Classic at Hebron & Boone Grove High Schools.
The Blazers’ 14-9 record represents their seventh time having recorded 14 wins or more in the last nine seasons.
Marquette will open Sectional 33 play Tuesday evening at Whiting versus Bishop Noll. The Blazers, which won the regular-season matchup 80-66, are set to tip-off at 6 pm. Tickets will be available at the door.