Six Reach Double Figures as MU tops CSU, 91-74

Steve Wojciechowski's Golden Eagles shot 51.4 percent in the first half.
Dec. 21, 2015

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette had six players score in double figures on Monday evening and held off a hot-shooting Chicago State squad, 91-74, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. 

Freshman forward Henry Ellenson scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year in the victory. The Golden Eagles (9-2) also received 18 points and six assists from Duane Wilson off the bench, while Luke Fischer added 14 points and eight boards.

Chicago State (4-10) was led by a career-high 26 points from Fred Sims Jr., who knocked down 6-of-9 shots from deep.

The Golden Eagles will have the the next three days off before gathering at the Al McGuire Center for practice on Christmas night. They will next face Presbyterian at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m.

Postgame Notes:

• This was the seventh meeting all-time between the Golden Eagles and Cougars and first since 2008. Marquette remained unbeaten in the series with the win, moving to 7-0 all-time against Chicago State and 11-2 all-time against teams from the Western Athletic Conference.

• Chicago State got off to a quick start with an 11-4 run that spanned the game’s first 3 minutes of action. The Cougars made four of their first six field goal attempts, including a pair of three-pointers to fuel the early advantage.

• Marquette responded with an 11-0 run as five different players scored over a span of 4:08 to take a 15-11 lead with 12:45 remaining in the first half.

• Leading 17-16 at the second media timeout, MU embarked on another 11-0 run, sparked by a pair of Sandy Cohen III triples, to take a commanding 28-16 lead with 8:47 left in the first half.

• With 3:51 remaining in the first half, Jajuan Johnson recorded his fifth steal of the game, setting a new career-high. He would go on to finish with six steals in the win.

• Marquette ended the first half on a 25-5 run, including its third spurt of 10 or more points in the half, to take a 56-33 lead into halftime. Henry Ellenson and Duane Wilson led the way for the Golden Eagles with 12 points apiece. Ellenson also chipped in nine first-half rebounds.

• Chicago State was led by Kieran Woods’ 10 points off the bench on 4-of-4 shooting, including 2-for-2 from three-point range.

• MU led by 23 points at the break despite Chicago State shooting 52 percent (12-23) from the field, including 5-for-12 from long distance. MU shot an efficient 51 percent (19-37) from the field and 6-for-14 from three.

• Marquette finished the game with a 42-28 rebound edge, including a 24-9 advantage with 12 offensive rebounds at the half.

• The Golden Eagles forced Chicago State into 20 turnovers, the most by a Marquette opponent this season. MU converted those Cougar miscues into 25 points.

Henry Ellenson registered 19 points and 13 rebounds to record his team-leading sixth double-double of the season.

Duane Wilson dished six assists, setting a career-high. His previous high was five assists, set in a win over Maine (12/5/15) earlier this season. He also added a season-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting (4-7 3-point).

• In the win, Marquette put six players in double figures, marking the fifth time that five or more players have reached 10-or-more points this season. MU was led by Henry Ellenson’s 19 points, while Duane Wilson (18), Luke Fischer (14), Jajuan Johnson (12), Sandy Cohen III (11) and Haanif Cheatham (10) also poured in double figures.

• Chicago State was led by Fred Sims Jr., who had 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.


 

 

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