DES MOINES — Six times in the past decade, Bellevue Marquette advanced to the Iowa Boys State Basketball Tournament yet not made it to the championship round.

The unbeaten Mohawks bucked that trend Thursday with a 66-47 victory over Northwood-Kensett in a Class 1A semifinal contest at Wells Fargo Arena.

That propelled second-ranked Marquette (27-0) into a championship meeting tonight with unranked George-Little Rock (23-4), a 64-36 winner over Wayland WACO. Game time is 6:35 p.m.

Jordan Eglseder, Marquette’s 7-foot-1 all-state senior, was again a one-man wrecking crew.

After collecting 31 points and 13 rebounds in the Mohawks’ tournament-opening win against Alta, Eglseder erupted for another double-double Thursday with 41 points and 20 rebounds.

Eglseder, who shot 18-of-29 from the field, also blocked five shots.

“We came out a little slow the last game, but we came out great today,” said Eglseder, referring to Marquette’s 20-10 edge after the first period. “We ran our offense really well, got the ball inside and played tremendous defense. Hopefully we can come back out and get the state championship.”

Eglseder, who has seen many defensive schemes designed to stop him, had little trouble Thursday.

“It didn’t seem like I had that many guys swarming around me today, so I took advantage of that,” he said.

“Jordan had a tremendous performance,” added Marquette coach Jim Squiers. “He’s been doing it for us all year. When we need a big basket, he seems to get it for us. The better the competition, the better he plays. I hope he’s got another one in him on Friday.”

Despite the final outcome, Northwood-Kensett (23-4) actually led 8-4 following Cody Hanson’s free throw a little over three minutes into the game.

But the Mohawks closed out the first period with a 16-2 run to go ahead by 10.

Eglseder began the spurt with two field goals and Collin Kilburg added a fast-break layup to put Marquette ahead 10-8 with 3 minutes, 58 seconds left.

Preston Davidson stopped the bleeding for Northwood-Kensett with a jumper, tying the contest at 10-all.

But Brigham Moore scored on a tip-in, Casey Kettmann drained a 3-pointer and Eglseder made a layup to push the Mohawks ahead 17-10 with 2:08 remaining.

Eglseder followed with a free throw and jumper to make it 20-10 at the end of the frame.

The Mohawks gradually upped their lead in the second period and were ahead 38-22 at halftime.

Marquette stretched the gap to as many as 23 points in the third period before settling for a 52-34 lead at its conclusion.

Northwood-Kensett got within 13 early in the fourth quarter after Mike Bloomingdale’s 3-pointer made it 54-41, but Marquette answered with an 8-1 run to seal the win.

Hanson paced Northwood-Kensett with 15 points.

Squiers is anxious to see his team play in the title contest.

“Our kids have worked their tails off to get where they are, and we’re finally getting to that big one,” he said. “We’ve been to that consolation game enough. It just feels great to get to that championship game. But it’s not about me at all — it’s about the kids in the program and all the people that played before them.”

Northwood-Kensett played WACO this morning for third place.

Score by Quarters

Northwood-Ken. 10 12 12 13 —47

Marquette 20 18 14 14 —66

Scoring

NORTHWOOD-KENSETT (47)

Matt Midtgaard 2-5 0-0 4, Mike Bloomingdale 2-10 0-0 6, Dan Bestul 2-6 3-4 7, Cody Hanson 5-11 5-9 15, Preston Davidson 6-17 0-0 12, Matt Hengestag 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Cotter 0-0 0-0 0, Travis Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Welsert 0-0 0-0 0, Erin Nagel 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Stading 0-1 1-2 1, Bryan Koster 1-1 0-0 2, Josh Walker 0-0 -0-0 0, Trey Gonzales 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Davidson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 9-15 47.

MARQUETTE (66)

Collin Kilburg 2-3 0-0 4, T.J. Bishop 1-5 4-4 6, Matt Kilburg 1-4 1-2 3, Brigham Moore 1-5 0-2 2, Jordan Eglseder 18-29 5-7 41, Mark DeVries 0-0 0-0 0, Mike Steines 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Kueter 0-0 0-2 0, Dan Herrig 0-0 1-2 1, Brent Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Trent Weimerskirch 0-1 0-0 0, Casey Kettmann 3-7 0-0 8, Brian Medinger 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Kettmann 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Junk 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 26-54 12-21 66.

3-point goals—Northwood-Kensett 2-8 (Midtgaard 0-1, Bloomingdale 2-4, Bestul 0-1, Hanson 0-1, Davidson 0-1); Marquette 2-4 (Bishop 0-2, Kettmann 2-3). Rebounds—Northwood-Kensett 23 (Davidson 8); Marquette 43 (Eglseder 20). Assists—Northwood-Kensett 2 (Bestul, Hanson); Marquette 6 (C. Kilburg 2 Kettmann 2). Steals—Northwood-Kensett 7 (Hanson 5); Marquette 8 (C. Kilburg 3). Blocks—Marquette 5 (Eglseder 5). Turnovers—Northwood-Kensett 10, Marquette 15. Total fouls—Northwood-Kensett 18, Marquette 13.

Records—Northwood-Kensett 23-4, Marquette 27-0. Next games—Class 1A State Tournament at Des Moines (Consolation: Northwood-Kensett vs. Wayland WACO, 10 a.m. Friday; Championship-Marquette vs. George-Little Rock, 6:45 p.m. Friday).