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Marquette pounds S.D.

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Associated Press
November 25, 2009
— Jimmy Butler said Marquette learned a little bit about what it needs to improve on Tuesday night. But the junior forward said the Golden Eagles will learn a lot more between now and Thursday.

Butler scored 13 points and Lazar Hayward had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead Marquette to a 93-68 victory over South Dakota for its 25th straight nonconference home win before heading to Orlando, Fla., for the Old Spice Classic.


“We’ll watch a lot of film and see where we’ve got to get better at,” Butler said. “We’ve got to play more team defense and help each other out. Right now, it looks kind of selfish out there when somebody’s getting beat and nobody helps, and they just get an easy layup.”


Sophomore Darius Johnson-Odom added a career-high 18 points in his first start for the Golden Eagles (4-0), who improved to 4-0 against the Coyotes in the first game between the two schools since the 1967-68 season, and fed off Hayward’s energy.


“A lot of teams are going to double on ’Zar, even if they’re in a zone,” Johnson-Odom said. “He gets a lot of people open, as far as our perimeter guys, and that’s a good thing for everybody, because he’s going to get open shots for everybody.”


Tyler Cain, the Great West Conference’s preseason player of the year, scored 19 points for South Dakota (2-3), which is in its second year playing in Division I.


The Coyotes will become a full-fledged member of The Summit League beginning in 2011.


“This is a great game for us as a transition school,” South Dakota coach Dave Boots said. “You learn so much when you come in here and play against them because they expose everything you do poorly. You can take that back on tape and the kids can see that.”


While the Golden Eagles cruised on Tuesday, their schedule gets much tougher.


Marquette plays Xavier on Thursday afternoon to start the four-day, three-game tournament.


“It’ll be an early morning, but it worked out well,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “(The turnaround) doesn’t concern me.”


MARQUETTE 93, SOUTH DAKOTA 68

South Dakota (68)—Cain 7-10 5-7 19, Smith 2-2 2-2 6, Gentry 3-8 0-0 7, Krogman 2-8 0-0 6, Thomas 4-9 0-0 12, Bouie 0-1 3-4 3, Cutler 3-4 5-6 11, Boots 1-2 0-0 3, Krutwig 0-0 1-2 1, Tetzlaff 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-44 16-21 68.


Marquette (93)—Fulce 2-4 0-0 4, Hayward 7-13 5-5 20, Butler 5-11 2-4 13, Johnson-Odom 6-12 3-3 18, Cubillan 3-4 0-0 9, Acker 4-7 0-0 11, Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Buycks 1-4 0-0 2, Maymon 3-8 3-4 9, Frozena 1-1 0-0 3, Mbao 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-68 13-16 93.


South Dakota 35 33—68


Marquette 48 45—93


Three-point goals—South Dakota 8-16 (Thomas 4-7, Krogman 2-6, Gentry 1-1, Boots 1-2), Marquette 12-20 (Acker 3-4, Cubillan 3-4, Johnson-Odom 3-5, Frozena 1-1, Butler 1-2, Hayward 1-3, Buycks 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—South Dakota 23 (Thomas 7), Marquette 35 (Hayward 8). Assists—South Dakota 14 (Cain, Krogman, Thomas 3), Marquette 26 (Buycks, Cubillan, Johnson-Odom 5). Total fouls—South Dakota 15, Marquette 20.


Attendance—13,731.



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