Amongst a pair of on-court delays to sterilize the Scholl Center floor, 51 personal fouls called, and the ejection of an unruly fan, Wednesday night’s game between Marquette and Lighthouse College Prep Academy contained enough shenanigans to serve as a prelude to April Fools Day.
Nevertheless, the Blazers approach Christmas with a signature win under their belt.
Behind a quintet of players finishing in double figures, Marquette prevailed 84-83 in overtime over the visiting Lions.
Marquette and Lighthouse traded treys in a frantic first quarter. Freshman Jason Kobe’s eight points helped propel the Blazers into a 21-21 tie after eight minutes.
Sophomore Brit Harris tallied eight points in the second quarter while post players Vaunte Johnson and Lee Kellom each added four. Marquette took a 41-37 cushion into halftime.
The tide turned Lighthouse’s way in the third quarter as it outscored the Blazers 23-11. Kellom caught a stray elbow to the mouth during a scrum for a loose ball, prompting a court-cleansing delay. This came two quarters after freshman Lukas Balling departed the contest following an errant blow to the head that required medical attention.
Johnson spearheaded a fourth-quarter rally for Marquette. He tossed in six during the final period and Harris accounted for four more. The Blazers held a 74-72 with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Lions got a buzzer-beating bucket from Steven Carr to send the game to overtime.
Senior Jake Tarnow put the game on ice from the charity stripe, knocking down five of his six free-throws in the extra session en route to a 19-point night. Lighthouse converted a layup with 4.8 seconds left to make it an 84-83 tilt, but the Lions – who had burned all their timeouts – were unable to stop the clock and the final horn blared.
Tarnow and Harris led the Blazers with 19 apiece. Johnson registered 15 while Kobe and fellow freshman Gary Lewis posted 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Marquette (2-5) will wrap up the week Saturday evening at Career Academy South Bend at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT.