SPRING VALLEY — After Monday evening's disappointing loss that opened the Marquette Crusaders stay at the 44th annual Colmone Classic, the boys in Navy and Gold were hoping to gather together all aspects of their floor game and sew up a bounce-back victory 24 hours later.
The resilient Cru did just that after performing remarkably well in all aspects of a resounding 48-31 triumph over Mendota Tuesday evening during Green Pool play here in Red Devil Gymnasium at Hall High School.
Marquette (5-1) knit together solid shooting from the field (17-of-41, 41 percent) and stifling man-to-man defense that limited the Trojans (3-5) to only 17 points throughout the first three quarters along with holding Mendota to a chilly night of shooting off the floor (11-of-44, 25 percent).
Junior post player Chase Thumm led the Cru and all scorers with game high totals of 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Logan Komater followed with 10 tallies, junior guard Jack Snook recorded a nice night with nine markers and six boards, while junior backcourt mate Austin Threadgill came off the bench to score seven points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
"You've got to give Marquette credit because they bothered every one of our shots with their defense and we had three or four keys on the board before the game and we couldn't accomplish any of them," said Mendota first-year coach Steve Hanson. "But once again, Marquette took us out of what we wanted to do and the ball just didn't go into the basket tonight for us."
The Trojans shot an ice-cold 2-of-17 (12 percent) from the field in the first quarter, but still only trailed 10-5 after one frame with Thumm and Snook tallying four points apiece,
Marquette outscored Mendota 14-7 in the second stanza to go ahead 24-12 at the half after Threadgill hit two long 3-pointers at the five minute mark and at 1:10 that went along with four more points from Thumm and four from Komater.
Nate Melvin (five points) scored on a top-of-the-key 3-pointer at 5:40 of the third period before he added a layup 20 seconds later that helped the Crusaders outscore the Trojans 13-5 during the third frame to grab a healthy 37-17 advantage with eight minutes to go.
After a Komater bucket opened the final stanza, Thumm added back-to-back inside buckets at 7:10 and 6:35 that gave Marquette its biggest lead of the night at 43-19. The Crusaders would never look back from there.
"Our guards just got me the ball tonight and I did what I could with it to help us win," Thumm said. "I got to the hole and it went in and it turned out to be a nice victory for us. I think we can finish off this tournament strong after performing so well in a game like this."
Marquette 48, Mendota 31
(KEY: FG-FGA FT-FTA TP)
MARQUETTE (48) — Threadgill 2-10 1-2 7, Komater 4-10 2-2 10, Ugolini 0-0 0-0 0, Melvin 2-2 0-0 5, Thumm 6-7 2-2 14, Snook 2-6 5-6 9, Duchon 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Rhoades 1-1 1-2 3, Childers 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-41 11-14 48.
Mendota (3-5) 5 7 5 14 — 31
Marquette (5-1) 10 14 13 11 — 48
3-point goals — Mendota 4-11 (Stamberger 1-1, E. Arteaga 1-2, Ruiz 1-2, Prusator 1-4, Moriss 0-2); Marquette 3-10 (Threadgill 2-6, Melvin 1-1, Snook 0-3). Rebounds — Mendota 23 (O'Sadnick 5); Marquette 25 (Thumm 7, Snook 6). Steals — Mendota 2 (Perez, F. Arteaga); Marquette 0. Blocks — Mendota 1 (Stamberger); Marquette 0. Assists — Mendota 3 (Bokus, Prusator, Figueroa); Marquette 9 (Snook 3, Thumm 2). Turnovers — Mendota 15; Marquette 16. Total fouls (none fouled out) — Mendota 14; Marquette 13.