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Marquette had trouble against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone in the first half

How would we sum up Marquette’s offense facing Syracuse’s 2-3 zone over much of the first half? Golden Eagles guard Junior Cadougan did it for us. Ouch. (HT: The Big Lead)

Initially, Marquette seemed to be falling into the same pitfalls that stymied Indiana and Coach Tom Crean Thursday night in the Sweet 16, missing all but two of its first 14 shots and committing eight turnovers against Syracuse’s rejuvenated 2-3 zone. But after falling behind by 12, the Golden Eagles closed the gap late in the first half with an 8-0 run.

Forward Davante Gardner, who scored 26 points when these teams met back in February, leads Marquette with nine points and four rebounds. James Southerland has a team-high eight points for Syracuse, which entered halftime with a 24-18 lead despite allowing 10 offensive rebounds. Marquertte shot just 27 percent, 1 of 9 from three-point range in the first half.

Cadougan, meanwhile, returned to the bench shortly after that nasty crunch. His mother also got a glimpse inside “The Situation Room” courtesy of her son’s misfortune.



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Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.
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