Henry Ellenson picked up his 13th double-double and added a career-best six blocks.
Jan. 30, 2016
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MILWAUKEE - Henry Ellenson poured in a career-best 32 points to help Marquette fend off Butler, 75-69, on Saturday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Ellenson was dominant for the Golden Eagles (15-7, 4-5 BIG EAST), connecting on eight of his 14 shots from the floor, including both 3-point attempts, and knocking down 14-of-16 free throws. The freshman also notched his 13th double-double of the year with 10 rebounds and posted a career-high six blocks.
Kelan Martin also added a career-high for the Bulldogs (14-7, 3-6 BIG EAST) with 27 points, while Roosevelt Jones and Kellan Dunham each contributed 15 points.
Marquette led by as many as six points in the first half before Jones' first career three pointer tied things at 37 on a three-quarters court shot as time expired.
Freshman point guard Traci Carter knocked down five 3-pointers for Marquette and also contributed four assists and one turnover.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Seton Hall.
• Today’s contest marked the 34th contest since the 1922-23 season, and with the win, MU squared the series up at 17-17, snapping a two game skid against BU.
• The Golden Eagles starting lineup featured Duane Wilson and Jajuan Johnson for the third consecutive game. Marquette is 4-2 on the year with this starting lineup, winning three straight.
• After 20 minutes, Henry Ellenson led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 2-for-2 from long distance. The 18 first half tallies put him in sixth place for most points by a freshman, passing Jerel McNeal who tallied 343 during his freshman campaign.
• Roosevelt Jones led Butler’s first half effort with 15 points, which included a three-quarter court shot as time expired in the first stanza, to tie the game. It was his first made three and just his second attempted 3-pointer in his 127-game career.
• Butler recorded five old-fashion 3- point plays in the first half, which put Matt Heldt, Traci Carter and Duane Wilson in foul trouble with two fouls each.
• The Bulldogs outplayed the Golden Eagles early on, tallying seven offensive rebounds to MU’s one in the first half, leading to five second-chance points for Butler.
• Marquette shot 14-of-23 (60.9%) from the field, and 5-of-9 (55.6%) from the three-point line and assisted on 11 of its 14 first half field goals.
• Roosevelt Jones tallied five steals, four of which in the first half. The five takeaways tied a career-high, which he has done on five occasions.
• With his first assist in the game, Traci Carter moved into a fourth place tie with Cordell Henry (1998-99) for most assists by a freshman in a season. Carter would later move into sole possession of fourth, and has 97 assists on the year after finishing the game with four helpers.
• The Golden Eagles finished with 12 blocks as a team, a new season-high. They previously had recorded 11 blocks on two occasions this season. Henry Ellenson led the way, recording six blocks, a new career-high.
• Kelan Martin recorded career-high 27 points for the Bulldogs. His previous high was 25 points in a win against Tennessee (12/12/15).
• After leading Butler in the first half with 15 points, Roosevelt Jones was shut down on the offensive end going scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting in the second half.
• Jajuan Johnson set a new career-high with six assists in the contest. The junior forward’s previous high was five against Villanova on National Marquette Day last season (2/21/15). He also chipped in 11 points for MU.
• Henry Ellenson recorded a career-high with 32 points – the most for an MU freshman since Dwyane Wade's 35 against DePaul in 2001-02. Ellenson finished the contest shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
• The freshman also tallied 10 rebounds to account for his 13th double-double this season.
• Traci Carter finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Both marks are career-highs for the freshman, who recorded 21 minutes of action.