Golden Eagles Top NJIT 62-57
Nov. 24, 2014
MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University men’s basketball team knocked off the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 62-57, on Monday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Senior forward Juan Anderson paced Marquette offensively with a game-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds. Junior Steve Taylor, Jr. was active on the glass all evening long, grabbing a career-high 12 caroms for the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles (2-2) grabbed the momentum and jumped ahead 44-42 with 9:05 to play after they forced an NJIT turnover and Duane Wilson drilled a 3-pointer. From this point forward Marquette would never trail the Highlanders but it did see NJIT narrow the gap to one with just 1:25 to play.
Wilson would again come up big for the Blue and Gold, converting a layup after he was fouled and recording the ensuing free throw to give Marquette a 59-55 advantage.
Sophomore guard Damon Lynn led the Highlanders (1-4) with 13 points, but connected on just 4-of-20 shots on the evening. Senior forward Daquan Holiday also added 12 points for NJIT.
Marquette trailed the Highlanders, 30-28, at the intermission but never faced a deficit larger than six points. With time winding down in the first half senior point guard Derrick Wilson found Jajuan Johnson in the corner, who knocked down a 3-point basket to bring MU to within two points heading into the half. Anderson led Marquette with nine points at half, shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the field.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Thanksgiving Day when they square off against Georgia Tech in the opening round of the Orlando Classic. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. Central time at the HP Field House and ESPN2 will feature the national broadcast.
• A Steve Taylor Jr. bucket with 17:35 left to play gave MU its first lead (33-32) since 13:22 in the first half when the Golden Eagles led by one. NJIT held the largest lead of the game at six with 3:51 to play in the first.
• The two teams traded baskets early in the second half until Duane Wilson hit a three with 9:05 left in the game to put MU up 44-42. From that point, Marquette did not surrender its lead.
• Despite scoring just 28 points in the first half, Marquette only committed three turnovers and assisted on six of its 10 made baskets.
• NJIT finished the first half shooting 61 percent (11-of-18) from the field but the Highlanders finished shooting just 37.3 percent (19-51) after posting a 24.2 percentage in the second half. Marquette entered tonight giving up the highest field goal percentage among BIG EAST competitors at 56.2 percent.
• The Golden Eagles totaled only 28 points in the first half, their lowest half output of the season.
• Sophomore Jajuan Johnson totaled three steals on the night. Johnson is MU’s steal leader with 11 through the first four games. As a squad the Golden Eagles entered the game with 9.3 steals per game, ranking them second in the BIG EAST.
• MU also connected on just 23-34 (67.6 percent) of its free throws, its lowest mark of the season.
• Juan Anderson scored 20 to lead all scorers tonight. It’s his second consecutive double-digit scoring performance. The senior also tied a career high in rebounds with nine.
• Coming off a career high of 15 points two days ago against Omaha, Duane Wilson tallied 18 to set a new career high in his first start.
• Taylor Jr. pulled down a career high 12 rebounds, surpassing his previous high of 11, which he totaled against Grambling St. last season (11/12/13). The forward also finished with seven points.
• The Highlanders’ Daquan Holiday finished with 12 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting.
• NJIT’s Rob Ukawuba fouled out with 3:52 left to play, he totaled six points and three rebounds.
• Marquette scored 21 points off of 17 NJIT turnovers.
• All 10 active players saw time tonight for the Highlanders.
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