Golden Eagles Rally Past St. John's, 81-75

Luke Fischer had 18 points in 26 minutes.
Jan. 9, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette hit all 10 free throw attempts in the final minute after rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit to top St. John's, 81-75, on Saturday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Junior center Luke Fischer scored a game-high 18 points for the Golden Eagles (12-4, 2-2 BIG EAST), but fouled out late in the game after playing 26 minutes. Freshman forward Henry Ellenson added his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Haanif Cheatham also notched 15 points.

The Red Storm (7-10, 0-4 BIG EAST) was led by Pittsburgh graduate transfer Durand Johnson's 18 points and also received 13 points from fellow grad student Ron Mvouika.

Marquette returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at No. 11/13 Villanova.

Postgame Notes:

• This was the 26th meeting all-time between both teams, and with the win Marquette improves to 16-10 in the series. The Golden Eagles have been victorious in 14 of the last 19 meetings.

• Today’s game, also recognized as Al’s Day, pays homage to the late-great Al McGuire, who guided Marquette to 295 wins, nine NCAA tournament appearances and the 1977 national championship. McGuire spent his collegiate playing days as a member of St. John’s from 1948-51.

• The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Red Storm took advantage of back-to-back MU turnovers and answered back with seven-straight points - five coming from Ron Mvouika a bucket and 3-pointer.

• St. John’s used a 7-0 run to take a 19-15 lead midway through the first half. MU’s scoreless drought of 3:14 during that stretch was snapped by a pair of Luke Fischer free-throws. MU’s field-goal drought stretched to 4:14 before a Wally Ellenson three-pointer.

• St. John’s took a 39-31 lead into the locker room at halftime, led by Ron Mvouika and Durand Johnson who each tallied eight points. MU was led in the first half by Luke Fischer who tallied 10 points.

• The Red Storm took advantage of MU’s 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, tallying 12 points off of the MU miscues. St. John’s finished the half shooting 7-of-11 from long distance, outscoring the Golden Eagles by 15 points from beyond the arc.

• MU opened the second half shooting 4-of-4 from the field, and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. The early second-half surge was led by Henry Ellenson, who netted seven of the teams’ first 14 points.

• Sandy Cohen’s first three-pointer of the game sparked an 8-0 MU run, to help the Golden Eagles retake a 55-53 lead. The lead marked MU’s first since the 11:45 mark of the first half.

• Consecutive Duane Wilson three-pointers helped MU make a 6-0 run, and retake a 63-59 lead. After starting 1-of-6 from long distance, Wilson shot 3-of-3 to start the second half. MU did not surrender the lead for the remainder of the game.

• MU finished the game going 5-of-5 from the field, and made each of their last 10 free throw attempts. In total, MU shot 15-of-26 from the field and 15-of-17 from the charity stripe in the second half.

• MU overcame a 10-point first-half deficit, its largest comeback of the season. The Golden Eagles had previously come back from eight-point deficits against Arizona State (11/23/15) and Providence (1/5/16).

• MU recorded 18 points off 11 St. John’s turnovers in the second half. The Golden Eagles totaled 26 points off 18 St. John’s miscues overall.

• The Red Storm were led by Durand Johnson who scored 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field, and 4-of-7 from downtown in 27 minutes off the bench. The Golden Eagles were led by Luke Fischer who tallied 18 points in 26 minutes.

Freshman Henry Ellenson recorded his 10th double-double of the season by recording 15 points and 10 rebounds. Haanif Cheatham added 15 points while Duane Wilson chipped in 14 points.

Traci Carter tied a career-high with four steals, having previously done so in a win vs. Maine (12/5/15).

• St. John’s Kassoum Yakwe set a career-high with six blocks in the game. His previous high of five, was done in a St. John’s win vs. Niagra (12/9/15). The freshman forward also pitched in nine points and 11 rebounds.

• Today’s announced attendance of 13,468 was the largest this season at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.




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