I n the past three years of Marquette making the trip down to the annual Petoskey boys basketball Tip-off Classic, the opening game hasn’t been kind to the Redmen.
In all three, Marquette had walked away with a loss in the opener.
That changed on Friday, when the Redmen opened the season with a 63-58 overtime win over Brighton, while picking a heck of a time to get their first opening game win in the Petoskey Tip-off Classic.
This year the annual invite transitioned back into a traditional tournament after five-straight years of non-tournament style play, with winners playing winners on Saturday.
“It’s our first win in the first game for us, so even though it was an ugly win, it’s a good start and we learned a lot from it,” said Marquette senior center Marius Grazulis. “It’s great competition and great atmosphere here and really gets us ready for March.”