Marquette rolls against IUPUI
MILWAUKEE--Looking to turnaround a rough start to the season, Marquette coach Buzz Williams was hoping for a fast start from his team against IUPUI on Saturday.
He got more than he hoped for as Marquette (6-4) jumped out to an 18-2 lead and never looked back as the Golden Eagles rolled by IUPUI 86-50. Marquette bounced back after losing 70-64 to No. 4 Wisconsin on Dec. 7. The Golden Eagles have struggled with a tough early season schedule, including losses to No. 3 Ohio State and No. 25 San Diego State.
Davante Gardner scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Jamil Wilson added 16 points to lead Marquette. The Golden Eagles shot 64.9 percent from the field and had 28 assists on 37 made baskets.
“I thought our energy, body language and attitude to win was very good today,” Williams said. “We have to continue to mature and continue to improve.”
Marquette’s Juan Anderson, who tied a career-high with 11 points, said the fast start really set the tone for the rest of the game. Anderson hit three 3-pointers during the early run as Marquette made four of its first five 3-pointers in the game.
“In the previous games that we have lost, we have had lapses,” he said. “Today, the fast start allowed us to get out in transition. We are trying to work on it and come out aggressive.”
Anderson said the win was the first step in what he expects will be a big turnaround for Marquette as it gets closer to opening its Big East Conference schedule.
“A lot of people will downplay it because it is IUPUI and not Ohio State,” he said. “But it is the first step in going the right direction. It was a complete game for us. It is the start of something big.”
Ian Chiles led IUPUI (4-8) with 21 points, the only IUPUI player to score in double figures. The loss snapped IUPUI’s three-game winning streak, as the Jaguars shot just 29.5 percent from the field. IUPUI had lost seven of its first eight games this season.
IUPUI coach Todd Howard said he was surprised by Marquette’s start, given how the Golden Eagles have played early this season.
“(Marquette) did something, quite honestly they have not done all year. They have not made a shot all year long and they made them,” he said. “They haven’t played well, and I just wish the statistics would have played out. Guys had not made shots all year, and they are hitting their threes.”
Marquette led 43-18 at half, and opened the second half on a 10-2 run, taking a 53-20 lead early in the second half.
Marquette’s Deonte Burton grabbed a rebound and went all the way down the court for a highlight-reel dunk that brought Marquette’s bench and crowd to its feet as the Golden Eagles took a 65-28 lead with 10:35 remaining.
IUPUI got no closer the rest of the way. The Golden Eagles’ biggest lead of the game was 45 points.
Marquette dominated the game from the start. After Chiles hit a jumper to tie the score at 2-2, the Golden Eagles scored 16 unanswered points to grab an 18-2 lead when Anderson hit a 3-pointer.
Anderson hit three 3-pointers during the run as Marquette made four of its first five 3-pointers in the game.
The Golden Eagles pushed the lead to 27-7 when Gardner scored on a driving layup with 9:29 remaining. Two baskets in the final minute of the first half by Wilson built Marquette’s lead to 43-18 at halftime.
Anderson led Marquette with 11 points in the first half as the Golden Eagles hit 58.6 percent of their shots and had 15 assists on 17 made baskets.
Chiles led IUPUI with 13 points in the first half, hitting 6 of 14 shots. Other than Chiles, the Jaguars hit just 2 of 14 shots in the first half as IUPUI shot only 28.6 percent.