Golden Eagles defeat Tigers for third place

Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey lets go of a 3-point shot in the second half of the Golden Eagles’ 94-84 win over LSU on Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey lets go of a 3-point shot in the second half of the Golden Eagles’ 94-84 win over LSU on Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

LAHAINA — Steve Wojciechowski was envious of the opposing point guard, but the Marquette coach was happy his team found a way to win the third-place game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

The Golden Eagles got past LSU 94-84 on Wednesday at the Lahai­na Civic Center despite a 39-point effort by Tigers freshman Tre­mont Waters.

“We beat a really well-coached and hungry and aggressive team with an incredible point guard,” said Wojciechowski, who as a point guard at Duke won the Maui MVP award in 1997. “I’ve been in college basketball for over 20 years and I was a freshman guard once and in my wildest dreams I wish I could have played like that kid. He’s something special.”

Andrew Rowsey scored 30 points for the Golden Eagles (3-2) — he was 16-for-16 at the free-throw line — and finished with 76 points in three games on Maui. Sam Hauser added 20 points.

Waters was 13-for-22 from the field, including 5-for-11 from 3-point range, and added four assists and five steals.

Tre­mont Waters brings the ball upcourt for LSU.

Tre­mont Waters brings the ball upcourt for LSU.

“I’m going to have to say that today my shots were just falling,” Waters said. “Overall I’m pleased with the way I played, but I’m mad that we lost.”

Waters scored 22 points in the first half.

“We tried to mix up some coverages to slow him down and I’m not sure we slowed him down, but we did a better job in the second half against him,” Wojciechowski said. “I’m real proud of our guys with their fight for 40 minutes.”

Sacar Anim came off the bench to score 12 points for the Golden Eagles, and drew much of the duty of trying to cover Waters.

“He’s an incredible player, like coach said,” Anim said. “He’s definitely one of the best players offensively that I’ve played. He was tough, he was really quick and he was smart. I had a tough job all night.”

Randy Onwuasor scored 13 points for the Tigers (3-2).

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

MARQUETTE (94)

Heldt 4-4 4-5 12, Cheatham 1-4 2-2 5, Howard 3-9 4-4 10, Rowsey 5-8 16-16 30, Hauser 6-10 3-4 20, Cain 0-0 0-0 0, John 0-0 1-2 1, Elliott 2-3 0-1 4, Anim 5-7 1-1 12. Totals 26-45 31-35 94.

LSU (84)

Reath 1-1 2-2 4, Epps 1-2 0-0 2, Onwuasor 5-11 1-1 13, Mays 1-3 8-8 10, Waters 13-22 8-10 39, Kiir 1-1 0-0 2, Combs 0-0 0-0 0, Alexander 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 3-9 3-4 9, Rachal 2-5 1-1 5, Edwards 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 23-26 84.

Halftime–Marquette 46-44. 3-Point Goals–Marquette 11-24 (Hauser 5-7, Rowsey 4-6, Cheatham 1-3, Anim 1-3, Howard 0-5), LSU 7-22 (Waters 5-11, Onwuasor 2-3, Edwards 0-1, Mays 0-2, Sims 0-5). Fouled Out–Mays, Anim. Rebounds–Marquette 22 (Howard 6), LSU 26 (Sims 7). Assists–Marquette 15 (Rowsey 5), LSU 7 (Waters 4). Total Fouls–Marquette 20, LSU 27. A–2,400 (2,400).

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