Johnson and Wilson Lead MU Past UND, 67-54

Senior captain Derrick Wilson willed the Golden Eagles to victory in the second half.
Dec. 22, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Behind double digit second half performances from Derrick Wilson and Jajuan Johnson, Marquette responded from a sluggish first 20 minutes to top North Dakota 67-54 on Monday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Golden Eagles (7-4) trailed 29-24 at the break but held UND to 18 points in the second half to come from behind for the victory. Derrick Wilson finished with one of the finest performances of his career, scoring 11 of his 15 points in the second half and adding nine rebounds and six assists without a turnover. Fellow team captain Juan Anderson also notched a career-best 13 rebounds and three blocks in the win.

Johnson poured in 14 of his game-high 19 points in the final stanza as MU shot 55 percent in the second half.

Junior guard Estan Tyler scored 18 points to lead North Dakota and was 6-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native hadn't made more than two 3-pointers in a game this season entering Monday's contest.

Tyler's trey with 12:03 remaining gave UND its final lead of the evening, 39-38, before the Golden Eagles took control. Sophomore center Luke Fischer connected on a pair of layups to put MU back in front and Marquette led by as many as 15 points down the stretch.

MU began the game shooting just 1-of-10 from the floor and managed only three points in the first five minutes of action. UND led by as many as eight points in the first half before a 11-1 run gave the Golden Eagles a 23-21 edge on a Johnson 3-pointer with 4:01 left.

Fischer, who entered the game with averages of 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his first two games of the season for MU, was held to six points and six rebounds but did manage three blocks.

The Golden Eagles outrebounded their opponent for the third time this season with a season-best 46, while North Dakota had 28.

The meeting was the first for the two programs since a Dec. 3, 1963 Marquette victory (74-65) in Milwaukee.

The Golden Eagles return to action after a brief respite for the Christmas holiday on Sunday, Dec. 28 in a 1 p.m. CT contest against Morgan State at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. 

Postgame Notes: 

•MU began the game shooting just 1-of-10 from the floor and managed only three points in the first five minutes of action.

•The Golden Eagles went 16-for-29 from the floor in the second stanza, good for 55 percent.

•North Dakota also started cold hitting just two of their first six shots; however it finished the half shooting 44 percent, 11-for-25.

•After UND went up eight (20-12) with a Estan Tyler three at the 6:35 mark in the first, Luke Fisher found Juan Anderson for a lay-up and followed his assist with a block. MU eventually took a 23-21 lead on a Jajuan Johnson corner three to cap a 11-1 run.

•UND followed up the Golden Eagles’ run with a quick 5-0 burst after a Ryan Samuelson jumper and a Terrel De Rouen three. With under a minute to play, Tyler hit his third three of the half to allow North Dakota to take a 29-24 lead into the locker room.

•Tyler tied a career-high with his fifth three at the 12:03 mark to give UND a 39-38 lead, its last of the game. He later set a new career-mark with a sixth three and finished with a team-high 18 points.  

•A Derrick Wilson lay-up finished a 10-1 run following Tyler’s fifth 3-pointer to give the Golden Eagles a 48-40 lead at the 8:18 mark.

•After attempting his first field in the second-half Carlino got hot with five consecutive points, including a three, to give MU a decisive 55-44 lead with 6:20 to play.

•The Golden Eagles posted their largest rebounding margin of the season, 46-28. MU’s total is also a season-high.

•Marquette pulled down nine offensive boards in the first half and tied a season-high with 17 in the game.

•Johnson, who had just five points at the break, finished strong with a game-high 19 points. He made five of his seven field goals in the second frame. Johnson also led the squad with three steals.

•Anderson played a team-high 36 minutes, grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds and swatted three shots, also a career-high.

•Derrick Wilson scored 15 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Wilson also pulled down a season-high nine rebounds and added six assists and no turnovers.

•MU shot a season low 13-of-24 (54 percent) from the charity stripe.  




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