Fischer Lifts Marquette Past Georgetown, 88-87

Luke Fischer scored a career-high 23 points.
March 1, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - Luke Fischer scored a career-high 23 points and hit a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift Marquette past Georgetown, 88-87, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In addition to the career night from Fischer, the Golden Eagles (19-11, 8-9 BIG EAST) received double-figure point contributions from five other players, including Jajuan Johnson and Haanif Cheatham, who each had 15 in the victory.

Duane Wilson also scored 14 points for MU and hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put Marquette ahead 86-85. But D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera answered at the other end with a pull-up jumper from the right elbow with just 5.3 seconds to play. The Golden Eagles inbounded the ball to Traci Carter, who pushed the ball up the court to a streaking Fisher who was fouled by Smith-Rivera.

Sophomore Isaac Copeland led the Hoyas (14-16, 7-10 BIG EAST) with a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds in the loss. Smith-Rivera posted 16 points in the game.

The Golden Eagles took a 50-39 lead into the half after shooting a season-best 67.7 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action. Marquette assisted on 18 of its 21 field goals in the second half and was led by Fischer who notched 19 points in 16 first half minutes and was 8-of-9 from the floor.

The Hoyas made up ground early in the second half on Marquette and eventually overtook the Golden Eagles on a Copeland 3-pointer with 3:47 to play. Copeland's triple capped an individual stretch during which the sophomore scored the Hoyas' previous 10 points.  

MU freshman forward Henry Ellenson left the court midway through the second half after what appeared to be a leg injury and did not return.

The Golden Eagles play their final regular season contest on Saturday, March 5 at Butler.

Postgame Notes:

• Tonight's matchup with the Hoyas marked the 21st meeting between the two squads, a series which started during the 1941-42 season. With the MU win, Georgetown clings to a slim 11-10 advantage in the all-time series, and the Golden Eagles snapped the Hoyas four-game win streak.

Luke Fischer eclipsed a double-digit point total in the first 8:04 of the game after failing to reach double-figures in two straight contests. The junior forward finished the first half with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting.

• With his first tally of the night, guard Haanif Cheatham moved into sole possession of seventh place for most points by a MU freshman, passing Jerel McNeal (343, 2005-06).

• The Golden Eagles dominated the Hoyas inside the paint in the first 20 minutes, outscoring GU 34-14 in the key. MU is outscoring its opponents +3.5 points per game in the paint.

• MU also played fast but in control in the first 20 minutes, netting 15 first half points while committing just three turnovers.

• Marquette shot a season-best 21-of-31 (.677) in the first half, leading to its largest halftime lead (11) since its win at DePaul.

• The Golden Eagles recorded 10 assists in their Jan. 2 matchup against Georgetown. MU topped that total with 10:08 remaining in the first half in tonight's game. MU finished the first half with 18 first half helpers, tying a season-high in a win against Maine (12/5/15).

Jajuan Johnson reached a double-digit point total (15) for the fourth consecutive game, the longest stretch of his career. Since Feb. 1, the junior forward is averaging 12.6 ppg. and 4.8 rpg.

• Before leaving with an apparent injury, freshman Henry Ellenson recorded his 17th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 boards.

Luke Fischer netted 23 points, including the game-tying, and winning free-throws with 1.2 seconds remaining. The 23 points are a new career-high, having previously scored 22 last season in a win vs. Alabama A&M (12/19/14).

• Marquette's nine turnovers tie a season-low, having previously committed nine miscues in a win over San Jose State (12/8/15).

• D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera finished the contest with 16 points, eight boards and nine assists. The nine helpers are a new career-high for the senior guard.

• GU's Isaac Copeland recorded a career-high 32 points and nine rebounds, and at one point scored 10 consecutive points for the Hoyas. His previous career-best was 23 in a win vs. St. John's (2/8/16).

• Prior to the game, senior Michael Mache was honored as part of MU's Senior Night Ceremony. Mache, a former walk-on, was awarded a full scholarship in mid-January, and is in his second season with the Golden Eagles.




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