Second-Half Surge Propells MU to a 79-46 Victory Over UMBC
Nov. 26, 2012
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jamil Wilson played another brilliant game Monday in leading Marquette to a 79-46 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County.
Wilson finished with 15 points for the Golden Eagles (5-1), and has now shot 14 of 17, or 82.4 percent, in his last two games. In Marquette's 72-64 victory over USC on Wednesday, the junior forward had a career-high 19 points.
The Golden Eagles' second-leading scorer, Vander Blue, did not play because of a knee injury.
That didn't stop Marquette from using a 37-5 run in the second half. The Golden Eagles shot 71.4 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Davante Gardner, Marquette's leading scorer, finished with 13 points and five steals.
UMBC (1-4) lost its third game in a row and was led by Chase Plummer's 12 points.
Marquette, coming off a fifth-place finish in the EA Sports Maui Invitational and with a battle at No. 7 Florida looming on Thursday, caught fire in the final 16 minutes to pull away.
The Golden Eagles made 16 of their first 19 shots of the half to turn the fourth meeting between the two teams into a rout.
Marquette trailed 31-30 with 16:52 remaining when they went on its 37-5 run, with most of the scoring coming from inside the paint.
To erase its one-point deficit, Marquette scored 17 of the next 19 points. The Golden Eagles scored six straight field goals during the span including a lay-up by Steve Taylor for a 47-33 lead with 12:00 remaining.
After a 3-point play by UMBC's Ryan Cook, Marquette scored 20 unanswered points for a 67-36 lead with 6:48 to play.
At halftime, Marquette held a 28-24 lead when UMBC scored seven of the first nine points.
UMBC got a 3-pointer from Brian Neller and a basket by Brett Roseboro for a 31-30 lead with 16:52 remaining. The Retrievers would get just five points in the next 11:16, however.
In the first half, neither team shot particularly well. But Marquette did manage to make three straight shots as part of a 7-0 run midway through the half. UMBC held a 13-12 lead with 13:14 left when Davante Gardner hit a jump shot, Steve Taylor made a layup and Jake Thomas sank a 3-pointer to give Marquette a 19-13 lead with 11:20 remaining.
The Golden Eagles missed their next seven shots, however, to allow UMBC to tie the score at 20-20 on a basket by Chase Plummer with 4:29 remaining.