Marquette Travels To Georgetown Tuesday Night
Jan. 4, 2015
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (9-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) continues BIG EAST Conference play Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT when the squad travels to Georgetown (9-4, 1-1 BIG EAST). FOX Sports 1 will feature MU’s 12th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Donny Marshall (analyst) calling the action from the Verizon Center. Following Tuesday’s outing, the Golden Eagles will take advantage of one of the team’s two bye weeks during the conference campaign and won’t return to action until hosting Creighton on Jan. 14.
Marquette Owns Slim Advantage In GU Series
Marquette owns a slim 9-8 advantage over Georgetown in the all-time series, with all but two of the matchups coming since MU joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
The programs first met during the 1941-42 campaign and the Hoyas were able to claim a 35-34 victory. The next meeting didn’t come until the 1971-72 season and Marquette posted a winning 88-44 decision. The series resumed in 2005-06 and the squads have met on 15 occasions since that year.
The Golden Eagles have claimed a pair of wins at the Verizon Center, including an 80-72 overtime decision last year on Jan. 20, 2014. Guard Todd Mayo forced the extra session on a trey with 6.3 seconds left and guard John Dawson scored seven of his 12 points in overtime to help MU pull away.
In the most recent matchup, Marquette earned a 75-73 victory on Feb. 27, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Forward Davante Gardner led all scorers with 26 points and guard Jake Thomas netted a career-best 22 points thanks to six 3-pointers. Georgetown led by as many as 11 points in the first half before MU was able to rally for the win.
Freshman Cohen III Making Most Of His Minutes
Freshman forward Sandy Cohen III has maximized his minutes in his previous two appearances for the Golden Eagles.
The Seymour, Wis., native averaged 11.5 points per game in wins over Morgan State (Dec. 28) and Providence (Jan. 3) in just 12.0 minutes per outing. He combined to shoot 7-of-11 from the field overall and 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point line in those games. All of his career-high 12 points in the win over the Friars came in seven minutes of action in the first half and he also managed to chip in two assists and a pair of rebounds while on the court.
Cohen III didn’t see any action in the BIG EAST opener at DePaul. Prior to the matchup with Morgan State, he hadn’t reached double figures in points this season.
Derrick Wilson Turning Into All-Around Contributor
Senior guard Derrick Wilson is the team’s most experienced player and Tuesday’s matchup with Georgetown will be his 99th consecutive in a Marquette uniform and 115th overall.
He has picked up his all-around contribution in the team’s last five games and played a key role in helping MU to wins in four of those outings. Since the squad defeated Alabama A&M on Dec. 19, Wilson is chipping in 8.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in 33.8 minutes per night. He has combined to shoot 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the field and is second to only Juan Anderson (7.0 rpg.) in terms of boards per outing. For the season he is accounting for 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per matchup and shooting 44.9 percent from the floor.
The last game Marquette played without the services of Wilson was a 62-57 win over Pittsburgh at home on Jan. 14, 2012.
Consistent Johnson Helping MU At Both Ends
After posting double figures in points on just one occasion (season opener vs. UT Martin) through the first eight games, sophomore forward Jajuan Johnson has now contributed 10-more-more points in 3-of-6 games (nine points in each of the other three contests).
In the win over Providence, the Memphis, Tenn., native finished with nine points, a career-high 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 25 minutes of action off the bench. He is ranked among the league leaders in steals per game (14th, 1.4 spg.) and is fifth on the roster in scoring (9.1 ppg.).
Since the Dec. 16 win over Arizona State, Johnson is contributing 13.5 points (team high), 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in an average of 25.2 minutes per contest off the bench.
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