An 18-2 half-opening blitz proved to be the catalyst in Marquette’s 77-69 win over visiting Washington Township on Tuesday night at the Scholl Center.
Both offenses operated fast and furious in the first half. Washington Township shot at a near-unsustainable pace as it put up 42 points in the first 16 minutes.
Colin Kenney kept the Blazers within striking distance during that opening half, accounting for 17 of his game-high 30 before the intermission. Marquette trailed 42-36 at the break.
The Blazers emerged from the locker room and immediately flipped the tables via the aforementioned run. Five Blazers put up points in the pivotal third period that concluded with Marquette leading 57-51.
The Senators didn’t go quietly, slicing the margin to as few as two at the four-minute mark. However, senior Karsen Grott buried threes on back-to-back trips down the court to make it a three-possession game. Grott finished with 16 points – 11 of which came in the final frame.
Grott, Dayn Staab (13), and Jake Tarnow (10) joined Kenney in double figures. Jalen Russell, who provided the Blazers with a jolt of energy on numerous occasions, tallied eight points and eight rebounds – three of those boards occurring on the same offensive possession that resulted in a Tarnow trey.
Marquette prevailed 77-69 to move to 9-4 on the season.
It will have 10 days to prepare for undefeated Mishawaka Marian (10-0). The Knights, who are currently ranked atop the latest Associated Press Class 3A poll, will visit the Scholl Center on Jan. 18th. JV will tip-off at 5 pm CT with varsity to follow.