MARQUETTE - Rough shooting and tough Marquette defense made for a deadly combination in Houghton's boys' basketball regular season finale Friday, a 62-29 loss.
"We had open looks all throughout the game and we just couldn't sink 'em. That's basketball. You've got to make your shots to win the game," Houghton coach Jared Lawson said.
The U.P.'s No. 2 team in Class ABC, Marquette used a 19-6 second quarter edge to lead 31-13 at the half, an edge that proved more than enough.
Houghton was 4-for-30 from 3-point range, just 11-for-50 from the field on the night and had no scorers in double figures.
Vejas Grazulis scored 15 points for Marquette, which had four players score at least 11.
Houghton was led by eight from Trent Keteri and takes a 12-6 record into the Class B district tournament. The Gremlins play Monday night at Kingsford.
Houghton 7 6 13 3 - 29
Marquette 12 19 11 20 - 62a
Houghton -Trent Keteri 8, Eero Niemela 7, Sam Bethancourt 6, Nate Gockenbach 4, Manjere Hungwe 3, Sean Hyslop 1; FT: 3-7; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: Ben Collaer; 3-point field goals: Keteri 1, Niemela 2, Hungwe 1.
Marquette - Andrew Nyquist 11, Brad Brow 11, David Bashaw 2, Connor Brazeau 2, Kurt Burmeister 2, Drew Ledbetter 5, Josef Delan 1, Larry Burnette III 13, Vejas Grazulis 15; FT: 8-12; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; Technical foul: Burnette III; 3-point field goals: Nyquist 1, Brow 2, Ledbetter 1.