Marquette Tops Alabama A&M, 83-49, at the Al
Dec. 19, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Playing the first-ever regular season game at the Al McGuire Center on its Milwaukee campus, the Marquette University men's basketball team cruised to an 83-49 victory over Alabama A&M on Friday evening.
Sophomore center Luke Fischer continued an impressive start to his Marquette career with 22 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the field to lead the Golden Eagles (6-4). The Germantown, Wisconsin native is now 17-of-19 to begin his career in Blue and Gold and also made his first six free throws of the game before missing his final two.
The Bulldogs (1-7) were led by 18 points from Rakiya Battle, while Nicolas West chipped in 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Marquette took a 40-20 lead into the half after shooting 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the floor and limited the Bulldogs to a mark of 30.8 percent (8-of-26). The Golden Eagles got off to a quick start and led 12-2 following a Fischer dunk just under seven minutes into the game and used another late 10-0 run for a 35-16 edge on a Duane Wilson jumper with 2:31 left in the half.
Fischer was a 5-of-5 from the field in the first and led the Golden Eagles at the break with 10 points.
Marquette extended its 20 point lead out of the break to 33 with the first 13 points of the second half.
Fischer's career-high point total followed his Marquette debut on Tuesday evening against Arizona State in which he poured in 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds and five blocks.
The only other time the Al McGuire Center hosted an MU men's basketball game was a Nov. 3, 2004 exhibition contest against Lewis, which the Golden Eagles won 96-62. Current Marquette director of player personnel Travis Diener had a game-high 29 points and 13 assists in that game as a senior.
Marquette returns to action on Monday, Dec. 22 back at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in an 8 p.m. Central time tip against North Dakota. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Wisconsin.
Marquette Postgame Notes:
•Friday’s game marked the first regular season Marquette men’s basketball game played at the Al McGuire Center since it opened in 2002. The Golden Eagles did take on Lewis in “the Al” in a 2004 exhibition matchup.
•After being held to just two points into the first 2:30 of the game, the Golden Eagles went on a 10-0 run to give them a 12-2 advantage at the 13:28 mark after a Luke Fischer dunk.
•Following the quick burst, Marquette outscored the Bulldogs 28-18 during the remainder of the half. Rakiya Battle had 11 of his 18 total points during this stretch by hitting two three’s.
•Luke Fischer finished with a career and game-high 22 on a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and made his first six free throws. In his first two games for the Golden Eagles Fischer is 17-of-19 from the field with 41 points.
•Fisher finished the half with 10 points on a perfect five-of-five shooting. 10 points matched his first half total from his season debut against Arizona State this past Tuesday.
•Marquette headed in the locker room with a 40-20 advantage, its largest this season at the break.
•Alabama A&M’s first-half shooting percentage of 30.8 percent marks the least efficient output by a Marquette opponent in the first 20 minutes this season.
•The Golden Eagles forced two Bulldogs turnovers within the first four minutes of the second half to spark a 13-0 start to the frame. Alabama A&M stopped the run with a three at the 14:32.
•MU would extend its lead to a season high 37 points, 79-42, at the 2:56 mark of the second half after Taylor, Jr. jumper.
•Starting the second-half shooting 8-for-9, the Golden Eagles set a season high with a second-half shooting percentage of 68 percent (13-for-19).
•Marquette posted its largest rebounding margin of the season, outrebounding the Bulldogs 32-22.
•Taylor, Jr. scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. This was his highest total since scoring 20 against Ohio State on Nov. 18. It is the junior’s third double digit scoring game of the season.
•The Golden Eagles connected on a season-high 18-of-21 free throws for 86 percent. Marquette entered the matchup shooting 68 percent from the charity stripe, which ranked eighth in the BIG EAST.
•Nicolas West grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and chipped in with 14 points for the Bulldogs.
•Marquette assisted on 23 of its 30 made field goals tonight.
•The Golden Eagles tied a season-high with 12 steals.
•Sandy Cohen III fouled out at the 3:32 mark. He finished with five points, two rebounds, and two steals.
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