Marquette led a spirited charge late in Saturday’s regional semifinal contest against Andrean to force overtime, but the 59ers prevailed 79-72 at North Judson High School.
Colin Kenney put the finishing touches on a tremendous junior season as he posted 18 points, five assists, and five steals. He averaged 21.7 points and on 53 percent shooting in 2017-18.
Senior Buddy Jaffee was 6-for-10 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, to also record 18 points. Joe Andershock (15) and Chandler Goodwin (13) finished in double figures as well.
Offensive efficiency was the name of the game in the first half. Marquette and Andrean played to a 23-23 tie after one quarter as empty trips down the floor were few and far between. Jaffee rattled off eight points in the opening stanza while Andershock accounted for seven.
The pace tempered slightly in the second period as Andrean took a 40-38 lead into the intermission. Goodwin, Andershock, and Kenney each had five points for the Blazers.
Marquette found itself trailing by six entering the final frame. The margin reached nine, but perimeter shooting shrunk the edge as Jaffee and Andershock both canned threes late in the game to make it a one-possession game in the final minute.
The Blazers had possession of the ball facing a 66-64 deficit with 14 seconds remaining. Out of a timeout, Marquette executed a beautiful set that resulted in an uncontested layup for Goodwin that completed the comeback and sent the tilt to OT.
There, the 59ers scored the first nine points of the session as Marquette was unable to capitalize on an offensive possession until the final minute.
As a team, Marquette snagged nine steals in the contest and shot 9-for-19 from three-point range.
The Blazers’ season concluded at 13-15 as the program bids farewell to five seniors: Goodwin, Jaffee, Tommy Gotsch, Connor Donaldson, and David Sigler.