LAHAINA - The opening game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational ended in disappointment for Trent Lockett, but that isn't nearly the toughest thing the Marquette guard has had to deal with in the last year.
Lockett, a graduate student, fouled out of the Golden Eagles' 72-71 loss to Butler on Monday and watched Rotnei Clark's game-winning buzzer-beater from the bench.
"A couple tough plays didn't go my way as far as fouls go, but I'm really happy with the way my team fought and the way we played the whole game," Lockett said outside the locker room at the Lahaina Civic Center. "Unfortunately it didn't go our way at the end."
Marquette’s Trent Lockett is averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season after recording nine points and five rebounds Monday.
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Lockett is at Marquette, after getting his degree from Arizona State, to be near the home of his mother, who was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in March. Judy Lockett, a breast cancer survivor, lives in Golden Valley, Minn.
"She's here, she's actually doing really well," said Trent Lockett, who was 3 when he lost his father to leukemia. "She just went to the Mayo (Clinic) a couple weeks ago and the tests went well so it's good to have her out here."
Lockett added, "It means a lot to be able to see her and have her able to see my games, especially in an atmosphere like Maui, it's a great experience. It has always helped her to watch my games - who doesn't like to watch their son play?"
Lockett is in a sports leadership graduate program and having a ball at Marquette.
"Loving it," he said. "Great experience so far, they are helping me a lot. It is a great experience and having my mom a lot closer and being able to visit is really nice."
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Lockett averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Sun Devils last season, both team highs. This season, he is averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds after recording nine points and five rebounds against the Bulldogs.
Down the stretch on Monday, Lockett showed just what he brings to the Golden Eagles.
When Butler drew within 55-51, Lockett rebounded a missed free throw by the Bulldogs' Roosevelt Jones and then scored on a drive through traffic on the other end to boost the lead to six with 6 minutes, 36 seconds to play.
Less than a minute later, with Butler again trailing by four, Lockett battled for a loose ball and tied up 6-foot-11 Andrew Smith in the lane to allow Marquette to keep possession.
He scored his final point on a free throw for a 58-55 lead with 5:16 left.
"Throughout my career I have been able to be a part of transfers and juco guys, never coached a guy who had a degree, but he has been unbelievable," said Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams.
Lockett suffered three broken bones in his face in a collision during a 64-53 win over Southeast Louisiana in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
"We were off on Wednesday, we practiced Thursday, we traveled here on Friday, I didn't practice him Saturday, he did practice (Sunday), so he was a little out of rhythm, I think," Williams said. "But he has been phenomenal in terms of having both feet in every day."
Williams said the injury shows just how dedicated Lockett is to his new program.
"Obviously, he played the rest of that game and then he went home that night and he blew his nose and whatever this is," Williams said, pointing at his eye, "it literally just puffed up so much like a balloon that it covered his face. He's a tough kid."
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