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Feb 3, 2024 4:20 pm

Kam Jones scores career high to push No. 9 Marquette past Georgetown

No. 9 Marquette welcomed Kam Jones back to the lineup and the junior left-hander delivered seven 3-pointers and a career-high 31 points in a 91-57 victory over Georgetown Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Tyler Kolek recorded 17 points and eight assists while David Joplin scored 15 points as the Golden Eagles (17-5, 8-3 Big East) won their sixth straight in completing a regular season sweep of the Hoyas.

Oso Ighodaro added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Marquette, which outscored Georgetown 35-5 on points off turnovers, including 21-0 in the first half.

Jones, who sat out the Golden Eagles’ win at Villanova on Tuesday with a sprained ankle, scored 23 of his points in the second half.

Firing when open and with defenders in his face, Jones made his first six attempts from 3-point range. He finished 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and 12 of 15 from the floor.

Marquette led from start to finish as Georgetown had no answer for Kolek, the reigning Big East player of the year who mixed perimeter shots and no-look passes with bursts to the rim.

Rowan Brumbaugh scored 12 points and Drew Fielder scored all 11 of his points in the second half to pace the Hoyas (8-13, 1-9) who committed 19 turnovers in losing their sixth straight.

The Golden Eagles held Big East scoring leader Jayden Epps to seven points on 2 of 8 shooting.

Georgetown stayed close for the first 10 minutes before Marquette took control with a 16-0 run, fueled by nine points off turnovers.

Kolek triggered the burst with a driving layup. Joplin followed with a 3-pointer and then fed Kolek for another triple.

Kolek passed to Ighodaro for a dunk then fed Jones for a 3-pointer. Joplin finished off the spree with a steal and a three-point play fast-break layup that put Marquette up 34-14.

Two free throws by Kolek with 2 seconds left in the period put the Golden Eagles up at the break 44-22.

In the second half, Jones went on a personal 8-0 run to push the Golden Eagles’ lead to 79-38 with 7:55 left.

Marquette made 56.5 percent of its shots, including 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) from beyond the arc.

–Field Level Media

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