Junior Brit Harris and sophomore Lukas Balling tallied 20 points apiece Friday night as the Blazers rallied from seven down in the second quarter to collect a 72-60 win at John Jake Blastick Gymnasium in Valparaiso.
Harris was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe while five Blazers knocked down a trey in the team’s second straight road win.
Both teams experienced shooting woes during a first quarter that ended in a 9-9 stalemate. Sophomore Jason Kobe accounted for five in the opening period.
The sophomore trio Kobe, Gary Lewis, and Connor Bakota dialed it up from beyond the arc in the second quarter, but the Cherokees answered with three treys of their own. Kobe’s triple came in Marquette’s final trip down the court to cleave a seven-point deficit to four.
Marquette trailed 26-22 at halftime.
It stayed a one-possession game for the better part of the third quarter. Marquette evened things at 37-37 before the pivotal sequence unfolded.
With two minutes remaining, Lewis lost his footing on a dribble drive, slingshotting a 4-on-1 the other way. Morgan Township botched the odd-man rush, however, and the Blazers answered on the offensive end. That basket was the kingpin in a 14-3 Marquette run. They never looked back.
Harris scored 13 of his 20 in the final quarter. Balling registered 14 of his 20 in the second half. Kobe and Lewis finished with 10 and nine points, respectively.
As a team, Marquette shot 20-of-25 from the free-throw line.
The Blazers (2-3) return to the Scholl Center Tuesday evening when they host Victory Christian Academy at 7 pm.