Golden Eagles Defeat Mount St. Mary's 91-37 in Season Opener
Nov. 11, 2011
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Darius Johnson-Odom led a balanced Marquette attack with 16 points and the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles rolled past Mount St. Mary's 91-37 in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
Six players scored in double figures for the Golden Eagles and Junior Cadougan tied a career-high with 10 assists.
Julian Norfleet led Mount St. Mary's with 12 points.
Both teams were without players whose suspensions were announced Friday.
Mount St. Mary's clearly felt it more as coach Robert Burke announced the indefinite suspension of senior guard Lamar Trice, the team's leading returning scorer (13.3) from last season, and sophomore forward Kristijan Krajina for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Marquette said before the game that the NCAA has suspended freshman forward Juan Andersonfor the first three games of the season for accepting a free ticket to a suite at a Milwaukee Brewers' playoff game in October.
Marquette cruised after a sluggish start -- so sluggish that Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams appeared to send an early message to his team, pulling his entire starting lineup 2:10 into the game. He opted for sophomore transfer forward Jamil Wilson, freshmen guards Todd Mayo and Derrick Wilson and two occasionally used reserves from last season -- forwards Jamail Jones and Davante Gardner.
The five reserves played well, using full-court pressure to help Marquette to an early 10-5 lead, before the five starters returned to the game at the 13:54 mark and took over.
With the lineup of Crowder, Otule, Johnson-Odom, Vander Blue and Cadougan back on the court, Marquette went on a 23-4 run to take a 31-9 lead. Crowder had nine points during the spurt.
The Mountaineers didn't help themselves with 11 turnovers in the first 10-plus minutes of the game, 18 in the first half and 29 in the game. Mount St. Mary's shot just 29.1 percent from the field (16 of 55), including 2 of 18 from 3-point range.
Marquette hit 56.3 percent (36 of 64).
Marquette started the second half on a 10-3 run, and the Mountaineers got no closer than 36 points after that.
It was a strong start for Marquette, which is looking to return to the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight season. The Golden Eagles finished 22-11 and advanced to the round of 16 last season but lost first-round draft pick Jimmy Butler from that team.
Burke said in a release that the two suspended players "each know what they need to do to meet the expectations of being a Mount St. Mary's basketball player. Once they have done this, they can return to competing in games. Until then, they will continue to practice with the team, but will not be allowed to play in games."
Anderson accepted the ticket "from someone other than his parents/legal guardian, which is impermissible per NCAA rules," according a Marquette release. Marquette compliance staff determined the violation during an internal review and immediately self-reported it to the NCAA, the school said. The ruling was finalized Friday.
Mount St. Mary's dropped to 1-16 against Top 25 teams since moving to Division I.
Marquette moved to 80-15 all-time in season openers and has won 11 straight.