Sandy Cohen III doubled his previous career high in the win.
Dec. 8, 2015
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MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Sandy Cohen III poured in six 3-pointers on his way to a career-best 24 points as Marquette held off San Jose State, 80-62, on Tuesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Cohen scored 11 of the first 13 points of the night for the Golden Eagles (7-2) and reached 17 points by the second media timeout. Freshman forward Henry Ellenson notched 20 points and eight rebounds, while junior center Luke Fischer recorded a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 11 points for his third career double-double.
MU led by as many as 24 points midway through the first half, but the Spartans (4-5) would go on to pull the game to within seven points in the second stanza.
The Golden Eagles next head to Madison for a date with in-state rival Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Kohl Center at 12:30 p.m. Central time.
• This was just the second matchup all-time between both programs. With the win, Marquette improved to 2-0 against San Jose State in the series. The win also gave the Golden Eagles an all-time record of 28-7 against teams hailing from the Mountain West Conference.
• Marquette got off to a fast start, taking a 13-2 lead and forcing a San Jose State timeout just 3:08 into the game. Sandy Cohen, III led MU with 11 of the team’s first 13 points.
• In the past three games, the Golden Eagles have opened the scoring on a combined 49-2 run. They opened the contest against Grambling State (12/2) on a 14-0 burst followed by a 22-0 run against Maine (12/5).
• After Wisconsin native Cody Schwartz briefly halted MU’s 13-2 run to open the game, MU went on a 13-0 run, again led by Sandy Cohen, III, who scored six of those 13 points. With 14:28 left, Cohen had already eclipsed his career-high of 12 points, set in a win against Providence on 1/3/15.
• SJSU increased its defensive pressure midway through the first half, holding MU to a stretch of 1-of-10 shooting from the floor, which allowed the Spartans to go on an 8-0 run. Duane Wilson ended the run with a three-pointer, his second of the game.
• SJSU finished the first half on a 7-0 run, turning what was a 24-point MU lead, into a nine-point advantage at the break.
• At the break, Sandy Cohen, III led all Golden Eagles with 17 points. He also chipped in three boards and three assists. Princeton Onwas led the way for the Spartans, tallying nine points while grabbing six rebounds.
• After a three-point play to start the second half by Cody Schwartz, SJSU’s run reached 10-0 carrying over from the end of the first half. The burst helped the Spartans pull within six points of MU, at 40-34.
• SJSU was put in the bonus after MU’s sixth team foul with 11:31 remaining in regulation. The Spartans only managed six more attempts the rest of the way.
• SJSU once again pulled to within eight points with just over 8 minutes remaining, but MU reclaimed a double-digit lead after a 9-0 run to make it a 70-53 advantage.
• Luke Fischer recorded 11 points and 13 boards, good enough for his third double-double of the season. Henry Ellenson leads MU with four double-doubles this year. Fischer’s 13 rebounds set a new season-high for the junior center, who had previously grabbed 10 boards on two occasions this season.
• After besting his previous career-high with 14:28 remaining in the first half, sophomore Sandy Cohen, III finished with a game-high 24 points. The mark tied MU’s highest individual output of the season, previously done by freshman Haanif Cheatham in a win over Jackson State (11/29).
• Duane Wilson matched a season-high with seven rebounds in the game, last doing so in a win against IUPUI (11/16/15). The redshirt sophomore also added 14 points and three assists in the contest.
• Princeton Onwas led the Spartans, finishing the game with 15 points and seven boards.
• MU alumni Don Kojis (’59-’61) and Doc Rivers (’81-’83) were in attendance for tonight’s game. Rivers, currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, was joined by fellow Clippers Austin Rivers and JJ Reddick.