Golden Eagles Fend off Stetson, 74-60

Jajuan Johnson tied a career high with 22 points.
Jan. 27, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette capitalized on an early nine-minute Stetson scoring drought and prevailed with a 74-60 victory on Wednesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in its final non-conference game of the regular season.

Junior Jajuan Johnson poured in 22 points to tie a career best as the Golden Eagles (14-7) held off the Hatters despite a sluggish performance to start the second half. 

The Golden Eagles hit their first four 3-pointers of the contest and utilized a 16-0 run to build a 24-2 edge after 10 minutes of play.

After trailing 47-21 at the break, Stetson (8-14) stormed out with a 19-2 run to begin the second half and whittled their deficit down to single digits in the final 20 minutes. Derick Newton led the Hatters with 15 points, while Brian Pegg posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. 

Marquette returns to BIG EAST Conference action on Satuday against Butler at 11 a.m. Central time.

Postgame Notes:

• Tonight’s matchup marked the eighth meeting between Stetson and Marquette, but the team’s first contest since the 1987-88 season. With the win, MU now owns a 9-1 lead in the series. Marquette also increased its series lead against Atlantic Sun Conference teams to 14-1.

• Redshirt sophomore Duane Wilson made his second consecutive start for the Golden Eagles after coming off the bench the previous 16 contests.

• Marquette’s quick start led to a 24-2 run, which included an 18-0 run. During the stretch, the Golden Eagles held the Hatters scoreless for a span of 9:01.

• The 21 points MU allowed in the first half are the fewest the Golden Eagles have allowed in the first 20 minutes this season. Marquette had previously allowed 23 points in the first stanza twice this season.

• The Golden Eagles shot 5-of-8 (62.5%) from beyond the arc in the first half, besting their previous first half high this season against Maine when then shot 4-of-7 (57.1%) from long distance.

• Stetson went 7-of-31 (22.6%) from the field in the first stanza, the lowest mark of any MU opponent in the first half this season. Stetson was held under 25 points in the first half for the fourth time this season.

• Stetson opened the second half on a 19-2 run, which included a scoring drought of 5:16 for Marquette. The burst cut a 26-point halftime lead for Marquette to nine points.

Henry Ellenson recorded his 12th double-double of the season. The freshman tallied 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the contest.

Jajuan Johnson netted 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, tying a career-high set last year against Arizona State (12/16/14). He also added a season-high six rebounds.

Haanif Cheatham scored 13 points and had a career-high nine rebounds, finishing one carom shy of his first career double-double.

• For the sixth time this season, Marquette featured five players to score 10-or-more points. It is also the 15th time in MU’s 21 games this season that at least four players scored in double figures.

• The Hatter’s improved their shooting in the second half, going 15-of-30 (50%) from the field in the final 20 minutes, led by Bryan Pegg who finished the game with 13 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out after 26 minutes of action. It was his 12th double-double of the season.

• With the win, Marquette concludes non-conference play with an 11-2 record. The mark matches MU’s best since the 2011-12 campaign when the Golden Eagles also went 11-2 in non-league play.




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