Sophomore Britain Harris broke the 20-point plateau for the first time in his career, but his 21 points weren’t enough as Morgan Township rallied for a 58-54 win over the Blazers Friday night at the Scholl Center.
Freshman Gary Lewis and senior Jake Tarnow tallied four points each in the opening quarter as the Cherokees grabbed a 14-12 lead after eight minutes.
Six Blazers scored in the second quarter as Marquette commandeered a 26-25 lead heading into halftime.
Harris erupted for ten points in the third period – including a buzzer-beater from near the top of the key to give the Blazers a 39-35 cushion entering the fourth.
Marquette maintained a 44-40 lead with just under five minutes to play, but Morgan quickly tied it up with scores on back-to-back possessions. The iron was unkind to the Blazers during the middle stages of the final frame as the Cherokees slowly built a lead. Meanwhile, Morgan Township, which was in the bonus for the vast majority of the fourth, shot 15-for-18 from the foul line to lock down the win.
Lewis joined Harris in double figures with 10 points. Tarnow added nine.
Marquette (1-4) returns to the hardwood Tuesday evening at Victory Christian Academy in Valparaiso.