Escanaba, MI – January 4, 2021 – The Marquette Redmen were on the road Tuesday against the number one ranked Escanaba Eskymos! The Redmen played short-handed being without their head coach and top scorer out due to illness. Luke Ghiardi was live with the Big Game of The Week on 103.3 WFXD and online at wfxd.com!
Q1: The Eskymos started with winning the tip, but would turn it over right away to Marquette. The Redmen’s David Eberhard would go high off the glass for a layup for the first points of the game. Marquette met the Escanaba offense with solid defense to start. After another turnover, Jordan DeMay would add another two to Maruqette’s total.
Marquette played patient offense, and they were able to draw the foul against Escanaba. Eberhard would go to the line and make both free-throws to add on to the 6-0 run for Marquette. Escanaba would end their drought with Nathan Howes going one for two at the line to add a point for the Eskymos. Marquette’s offense gave the Redmen good looks but the shots wouldn’t fall. Redmen senior Jordan DeMay would show some aggression by driving the lane for a lay-up plus the foul. The old-fashioned three point play wouldn’t go, but Justin Jurmu would put Marquette in double digits with a layup of his own.
The Eskymos wouldn’t be able to put together any offense against Marquettes suffocating defense. After another Escanaba turnover the Redmen would have good ball movement against the Eskymo zone. After a failed shot from Marquette, Escanaba would take over on offense. The Eskymo’s senior forward Jared Hanson would try to take back some momentum with a three-pointer of his own. Marquette’s Jack Quinnell would finish scoring for the quarter with a two pointer. Redmen lead at the end of the quarter, 12-4.
Q2: The Redmen kept adding on to their lead at the start of the quarter. Jordan DeMay would put up a long range three and give Marquette a double-digit lead. Marquette’s defense would continue to challenge the Eskymos.
After a defensive rebound for Marquette, David Eberhard would lay it up for another two. Escanaba’s Connor Smale would try to get some offense going for his team, but Marquette wasn’t allowing it. DeMay would add on another 2 for Marquette to bring their lead to, 19-4. Collin Hudson would use his power and throw down the dunk to narrow down the Redmen lead.
After a bit of back and forth from the two teams, Escanaba’s Jared Hanson would end the scoring drought with a three. Marquette would turn the ball over and bring the full court press to the Eskymos. The Redmen would be a bit too aggressive as they brought Escanaba to the line and they would close the gap to single digits. Collin Hudson would add another two for the Eskymos to bring the score to, 19-13.
Marquette would keep their foot on the gas with David Eberhard draining a three. Escanaba would quickly respond with a three pointer of their own from Connor Smale. That would end the first half of play with Marquette leading 22-16 going to the locker room.
Q3: Marquette would open the ball game in a zone defense, and after a miscommunication a wide open Connor Smale would hit a three to open scoring for the second half. That bucket would cut the Marquette lead down to only three points. Collin Hudson would lay it up for another two points and the Eskymos trailed by one. The Eskymos would finally take the lead with another triple, 24-22.
Marquette would tie it up with a pair of free throws from DeMay. Escanaba would try to answer back with free throws from Hudson but they wouldn’t find their mark. The Eskymo defense would improve after the half, giving the Marquette offense a hard time. Marquette’s DeMay wouldn’t be deterred however, landing a three point shot to give the Redmen back the lead.
The Eskymos would answer back with Collin Hudson and bring the lead within one for Escanaba. Marquette proved to have the hot hand however. Jordan DeMay splashed another long range shot to build the lead for the Redmen, 30-26. Jared Hanson would answer back for Escanaba with a three to make it a one point game yet again. Collin Hudson tried again at the line to bring the lead back to Escanaba, and he made both shots to do so to close the quarter. Eskymos lead by one, 31-30.
Q4: Escanaba opened up the final eight minutes with back to back three pointers. The Redmen trailed by seven to start the last quarter of play. The Redmen’s Jack Quinnell would go up strong to the hoop and get the layup plus a foul. The free throw wasn’t good for Marquette, but Escanaba’s Hudson would be fouled the following possession. Collin Hudson would head to the line to shoot two and make both bringing the Eskymo lead to seven.
Marquette’s offense wouldn’t be able to keep their rhythm and Escanaba would cause the Redmen to turnover often. The turnovers would be cashed into points and the Eskymos built their lead. The Redmen would try to get their offense back going, but the 1-3-1 zone from Escanaba would prove to be too much. Collin Hudson would steal the ball away from Marquette and get fouled on his way to the hoop. His free throws would extend the Eskymo lead to 11.
The Redmen would do their best to stay in it, and cut the lead to single digits. Eskymo Collin Hudson would bring it back to double digits after a powerful dunk off the glass. Escanaba would move the ball around well on offense to eat up time, and walk away with the win.
FINAL: Marquette 34 – Escanaba 48
Player of the Game: Collin Hudson, Escanaba 21pts.
The Marquette Redmen are back in action on Thursday as they host the Kingsford Flivvers. That game will be broadcast live on 97.5 GTO with a 6:30 tip-off!