Marquette University’s slogan is “Be the Difference.” Jerel McNeal was the difference tonight during #24 Marquette’s 67-54 win over Seton Hall. Throughout the Golden Eagles’ season, Jerel has been the difference.
Jerel poured in 21 point on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, grabbed 9 boards while making huge offense plays down the stretch. He scored on a big-time spin move into the lane to ignite Marquette’s decisive run and push his team to 2-2 all-time in Big East tournament play.
Jerel spearheaded the stifling of Big East second-leading scorer Brian Laing. The Marquette guard’s fearless slashing into the lane set the tone for the rest of the team. They followed Jerel’s gritty play and gained a 21 rebound advantage over Seton Hall.
Although Dominic James stole the show late in the game by forcing three big turnovers, Jerel makes the Marquette engine go. Many say that if Jerel played during Marquette’s first-round exit in last year’s NCAA tournament, the outcome would have been drastically different. And I tend to agree. Plus, I hate Drew Neitzel.
If Jerel can bring his consistent fire and fearless game up through these coming Big East and Big Dance tournament games, the Golden Eagles will soar. Fire it up, Marquette.