Men's Basketball Closes Out 71-51 Win Over Savannah State

Head coach Buzz Williams watches as his team defeated Savannah State 71-51 on Saturday, marking win No. 1,500 in the history of the MU men's basketball program.

Dec. 15, 2012

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Vander Blue and Davante Gardner each scored 14 points to pace Marquette to a 71-51 victory over Savannah State on Saturday.

Junior Cadougan added 11 points and Steve Taylor contributed a career-high 10 points for the Golden Eagles (7-2), who became the 43rd NCAA school to win 1,500 games.

Savannah State (5-6) was led by Rashad Hassan's 14 points. Arnold Louis had 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Tigers, who are in the midst of five straight road games.

Marquette pulled away with a 14-2 run in the second half to win for the fifth time in six games. The Golden Eagles are 26-0 against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The stretch started after two free throws by Savannah State's Cedric Smith cut the Marquette lead to 50-42 with 8 minutes 20 seconds remaining.

Jamil Wilson almost turned the ball over on the other end, as he lost his balance on the left wing. He maintained his dribble, however, and Cadougan converted a three-point play for a 53-42 lead with 8:06 to play.

Another highlight of the run was after a missed shot by Marquette. Khiry White grabbed the rebound under the basket, when Gardner knocked it out of his hand and resulted in another three-point play for a 58-42 lead with 6:52 left.

Marquette capped the run holding a 64-44 lead -- its biggest of the game -- after a layup by Trent Lockett with 4:42 to go.

Savannah's last lead in the game was 18-17 following a jump shot by Christopher Spears with 8:03 left in the opening half.

Marquette answered with a 10-1 run. Two free throws by Cadougan capped it to give the Golden Eagles their biggest lead of the half, 27-19, with 4:14 to play.

Marquette led 34-26 at the half, then scored the first 11 points of the second half. Savannah State had six turnovers and missed all five shots during the stretch to fall behind, 45-26, with 12:33 left. The Tigers used a full-court press to trim the margin to eight, but that's as close as they would get.




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