Jae Crowder was often the biggest man on the court for the Marquette Golden Eagles, standing at just 6-6. Against a big, physical Connecticut Huskies team this should have been an issue, but Crowder managed to power his way to tie a career high with 29 points, adding 12 rebounds during Saturday's 79-64 win.
The Huskies ultimately couldn't keep pace with the Golden Eagles, pulling close at times but never taking the lead. Down 43-29 at halftim, UConn cut the score to 48-44 at the 15:34 mark of the second half. Darius Johnson-Odom promptly made two free throws off of a Ryan Boatright technical, which Crowder followed up with a 3-pointer to put the Huskies at bay. Johnson-Odom chipped in 24 points in the win, going 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc.
Free throws were a problem for the Huskies throughout the game. They went just 12-for-21 from the line, compared to 21-for-26 for Marquette. Andre Drummond and Alex Oriakhi have to be disappointed to combine for seven rebounds between them, standing at 6-9 and 6-10, respectively. Drummond struggled with fouls as he has all season. He fouled out with 2:42 left in the game while trying to slow down a charging Jae Crowder at the rim. Naturally, Crowder made the bucket and the free throw.
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