A pair of potent scoring performances fueled Marquette to an 86-69 triumph Saturday evening at Elkhart Christian Academy.
Junior Brit Harris and sophomore Jason Kobe both erupted for 28 points, a mark that was the highest scoring output for the former since the season opener at Kouts, and a career-high for the latter.
Despite the 17-point result, the Blazers faced a double-digit deficit in the opening period. Trailing 16-5, Kobe came to Marquette’s rescue with 10 first-quarter points to slice the margin to 26-19 after eight minutes.
Harris and fellow junior Kaden Manna piloted a dominant second stanza. Harris dropped in 12 points while Manna chipped in seven. Meanwhile, the Blazer defense, which surrendered a season-high 26 first-quarter points, made adjustments and limited the Lions to just 11 in the second.
Marquette went into the locker room up 43-37.
All five starters scored in the third quarter as the Blazers drained four three-pointers in the session. Harris knocked down two while Kobe and sophomore Gary Lewis each canned one.
Kobe closed out the game in the same manner in which he started it – with a 10-point stanza. Both he and Harris ended the night with five three-pointers. Manna tallied 16 points, representing his 17th game in which he scored in double figures.
Marquette (14-7) will wrap up the road portion of its regular-season slate Tuesday evening at Lake Central. The Blazers and Indians are scheduled to get underway at 7 pm from St. John with a JV tilt set for 5:30 pm.