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Davante Gardner, Marquette Slips Past No. 15 Georgetown

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty but it was effective.

The Marquette Golden Eagles hung on for a one point win over the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday afternoon, 49-48. Remember the name I mentioned in the preview of this game–Davonte Gardner–a bench player for Marquette?

Gardner poured in 12 points, including eight of ten from the line, and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Marquette to the win. He was fouled with 2:01 remaining in the game with the score tied at 46 and hit one of two, to give Marquette the lead for good. Guard Junior Cadougan struggled from the field (1-10) and finished with only two points, but dished out six assists, had three steals and three rebounds.

Defense was the name of the game in this one, as was anticipated. Georgetown only managed to get four players into the scoring column, led by guard Markel Starks‘ 18 points. Starks also dished out seven assists for the Hoyas, who shot 39.1% from the floor and only 58.3% (7-12) from the free throw line. Despite their lack of attempts from the line, Georgetown actually had a chance to tie it with 2.3 ticks left. Sophomore forward Greg Whittington was fouled shooting a three-pointer and hit the first two before Marquette coach Buzz Williams called timeout. The third one? It clanged off the front of the rim.

The difference in the game was on the boards, where Marquette was plus-9 and at the free throw line, where the Golden Eagles made 13 compared to 7 by the Hoyas.

Georgetown’s depth, or lack there of, should be a concern for the Hoyas moving forward. They got no production from their bench and saw only seven players log minutes. Marquette, on the other hand, got 16 points from their bench, including 12 from Gardner.

It wasn’t the start Georgetown had hoped for as they dropped to 0-1 in Big East Conference play. Marquette improved to 2-0 and sits atop the conference standings for the time being.

Georgetown hosts Pittsburgh Tuesday night before facing St. John’s, who took down Cincinnati this afternoon. Marquette has six days off before it travels to Pitt to take on the Panthers.

No one ever said a win had to be pretty and in the Big East, very few are.