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Marquette Survives Scare to Beat Western Kentucky in NCAA Tournament Thriller

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Marquette Survives Scare To Beat Western Kentucky In Ncaa Tournament Thriller

Marquette‘s men’s basketball team faced an intense battle against Western Kentucky at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in a thrilling NCAA Tournament matchup.

The Golden Eagles, led by standout performances from Kam Jones and Tyler Kolek, managed to secure a hard-fought 87-69 victory over the Hilltoppers.

Now, with this win, Marquette (26-9) advances to face Colorado in the upcoming round.

During the first half, the game was a rollercoaster as Marquette struggled to find its rhythm early on against a resilient Western Kentucky side.

Despite the slow start, the Golden Eagles showed flashes of dominance when they briefly held a 28-19 lead.

However, Western Kentucky, behind players like Dontaie Allen and Don McHenry, quickly closed the gap and eventually surged ahead to take a 43-33 lead.

The first half concluded with Marquette trailing 43-36 after a late bucket by Ben Gold, setting the stage for a tense second half.

After the break, Stevie Mitchell‘s contributions sparked a turnaround for MU as he showcased his skills with crucial plays on both ends of the court.

Mitchell’s energy and defensive prowess injected renewed momentum for Marquette, helping trim Western Kentucky’s lead and shift the game’s dynamics.

With inspiring performances by key players like Jones, Kolek, and Mitchell, Marquette made a spirited comeback in the second half to seize control of the game.

Notable moments included Jones’ scoring outburst, Kolek’s impactful return from injury, and Mitchell’s defensive intensity that swung the momentum in Marquette’s favor.

In the end, Marquette’s resilience, coupled with stellar individual efforts, proved pivotal as they overcame a tough Western Kentucky side to secure a well-deserved victory.

Rachel Adams

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