Johnson Leads MU Past Samford, 71-48
Dec. 28, 2013
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jajuan Johnsonscored 14 points and Marquette won its last tuneup before beginning BIG EAST play by routing Samford, 71-48, on Saturday.
Todd Mayo and freshman Deonte Burtonhad 13 points apiece for the Golden Eagles, which ruined a homecoming for Samford coach Bennie Seltzer, a former Marquette assistant. The top four scorers for the Golden Eagles came off the bench with Marquette's reserves outscoring Samford's bench 50-12.
Tim Williams, who scored 25 points in Samford's 75-58 win over Jacksonville in the team's last game Dec. 20, scored 16 points and had nine rebounds. Raijon Kelly added 10 points for the Bulldogs (5-9).
It was an easy win for Marquette (8-5) as it prepares to play in the reconstituted Big East. Seven schools broke away in March, invited Creighton, Xavier and Butler to join a 10-team conference, and kept the Big East name.
Marquette took control of the game midway through the first half by penetrating the lane, getting fouled and making 14 of 19 free throws to lead 39-23 at halftime. Samford only made four of five free throws in the first half.
The Bulldogs never got within single digits in the second half and Marquette extended the lead to 57-37 on a dunk by Burton with 8 minutes left in the game.
Marquette forward Jamil Wilson, the team's second-leading scorer at 12.5 points, injured his right knee while being fouled by Russell Wilson on a dunk with 15:09 left in the first half. He stayed in the game for 41 more seconds, but then went to the bench and did not return.
His status for the Big East opener at Creighton Tuesday night was not immediately available.
Samford's zone frustrated Marquette early with the Golden Eagles settling for jumpers. The Bulldogs jumped to an 11-8 lead on Tim Williams' six-foot turnaround baseline jumper with 13:38 left in the half.
Davonte Gardner, Marquette's leading scorer at 13.8 points, then scored his first basket and Marquette started penetrating the lane and getting the ball inside. It resulted in a 17-4 run to give the Golden Eagles a 25-15 lead on a pair of free throws by Jake Thomaswith 6:16 to go in the half.
The Golden Eagles took the lead for good, 13-11, on a 3-pointer by Johnson with 12:58 left in the first half.
Samford point guard, Isaiah Williams, missed the game due to injury. He is the Bulldogs second-leading scorer, averaging 11 points a game.
Seltzer was an assistant under Tom Crean at Marquette from 2006-08 and is in his second season as Samford's coach.