USC Falls To Marquette, 72-64
Nov. 21, 2012
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Jamil Wilson channeled his inner aloha spirit with a colorful 19-point performance in Marquette's 72-64 win over USC at the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.
Wilson made seven of nine field-goal attempts off the bench, displaying Hawaii's famous shaka sign each time he hit a three-pointer.
After the Trojans trailed, 39-27, at halftime, J.T. Terrell made a three-pointer to pull USC to within one point with 14 minutes left. Wilson responded on Marquette's next possession with a three-pointer of his own from the top of the key. Wilson then rebounded USC's next shot, starting a transition that led to a layup by Junior Cadougan and a 51-45 lead.
The Trojans got no closer than six points after that.
Davante Gardner scored 12 for the Golden Eagles (4-1), Cadougan had 11 and Chris Otule scored 10. But the Golden Eagles lost their leading scorer, Vander Blue, when he injured his knee late in the game.
Marquette finished fifth in the eight-team tournament, its only loss a buzzer-beater to Butler.
The Trojans made eight baskets in the first half. Marquette was 15 for 31 in the half, building a 12-point margin mostly in the last 10 minutes.
USC Coach Kevin O'Neill coached Marquette from 1989 through 1994.
Both teams won second-round games Tuesday. USC opened its tournament losing to Illinois by 30 points, then beat Texas in overtime. Marquette lost, 72-71, to Butler on a buzzer-beating three-pointer Monday, then beat Mississippi State on Tuesday.
The win was Buzz Williams' 100th as coach at Marquette.