Men's Basketball Holds Off Southeastern Louisiana 64-53

Davante Gardner scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the second half Tuesday.

Nov. 13, 2012

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Davante Gardner scored 18 points and Chris Otule added 10 points to help Marquette hold off Southeastern Louisiana 64-53 on Tuesday night.

The Golden Eagles (2-0) are still trying to make up for lost time after their season opener against Ohio State on the deck of the USS Yorktown off the coast of Charleston, S.C., was cancelled because of condensation on the court.

The Lions (0-2) refused to go away, trailing 52-50 when Jeffery Ricard scored on a layup with 6:01 remaining. After the teams traded free throws, Gardner went to work for Marquette, scoring two inside hoops to make the score 57-51 with 3:16 left.

Trent Lockett hit two free throws with 2:17 to play for Marquette, and the Golden Eagles clamped down on the defensive end to finally put the game away.

Ricard led Southeastern Louisiana with 11 points, and Brandon Fortenberry added nine.

The Lions came out of the locker room after halftime with a 6-2 run to take a 35-34 lead with 17:42 remaining when Ricard scored on a layup.

But Marquette, which struggled shooting in the first half, went on a 14-4 run to grab a 48-39 lead with 9:15 remaining when Junior Cadougan hit a jumper.

Gardner was the key to the run as he dominated inside, scoring eight points.

Southeastern Louisiana stayed in the game despite poor shooting. It hit just 19 of 54 shots and was outrebounded 39-30.

Marquette shot just 33 percent in the first half and made 22 of 52 shots overall.

Lockett added eight points for the Golden Eagles.




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