Marquette Travels To St. John's Saturday Night

Junior Jajuan Johnson was back in the starting lineup against DePaul.
Jan. 21, 2016

TV: CBS Sports Network | Radio: 540 ESPN

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January 9, 2016
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Golden Eagles Rally Past St. John's, 81-75
Marquette hit all 10 free throw attempts in the final minute after rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit to top St. John's, 81-75, on Saturday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-7, 2-5 BIG EAST) continues BIG EAST Conference action on the road Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT when the squad faces St. John’s (7-12, 0-6 BIG EAST) in Madison Square Garden. CBS Sports Network will feature MU’s 17th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will wrap up the non-conference portion of their 2015-16 campaign when the team hosts Stetson at 8 p.m. CT on Jan. 27.

Series With St. John’s Contains Plenty Of History

Marquette leads the all-time series (16-10) with St. John’s and has claimed victories in 14 of the previous 19 outings.

The series began in 1959-60 and prior to the clinching of the BIG EAST title on the last day of the regular season in 2012-13, the series’ top highlight was a 65-53 Marquette win in the championship game of the 1970 National Invitation Tournament. MU claimed the title under the direction of legendary head coach Al McGuire, who played for three seasons at St. John’s (1948-51). In his first season with the Redmen, he finished third in scoring with an 8.1 points per game average. With his brother, fellow Hall of Famer Dick McGuire, who captained the 1948-49 squad, St. John’s finished the season with a 15-9 record.

The next season, St. John’s finished with a 24-5 record as McGuire averaged 7.7 points a game. He finished his collegiate career in 1951, averaging 8.5 points per game and helping lead his team to third-place finishes in both the NIT and NCAA. The team concluded the 1951 season with a 26-5 record.

McGuire’s coaching career at Marquette included the 1977 national title, nine NCAA tournament appearances and a 295-80 overall record.

Wilson Rebounds With Season-Best Effort

One game after making just a pair of field goals in the team’s Jan. 16 loss to nationally ranked Xavier, sophomore guard Duane Wilson rebounded with his best offensive performance of the season.

The Milwaukee, Wis., native finished with a season-high 19 points in 34 minutes off the bench. He was an efficient 7-of-10 from the floor, including a 3-of-5 effort from behind the 3-point line. Wilson also chipped in four assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Wilson’s point total was his highest since netting 22 points at Providence on March 1, 2015 in a game where he knocked down a career-best seven 3-pointers.

Lineup Shuffle Creates New Combinations

Entering Wednesday’s matchup with DePaul the Golden Eagles had featured the same starting lineup (Traci Carter, Haanif Cheatham, Luke Fischer, Henry Ellenson and Sandy Cohen) for 15-straight outings.

Head coach Steve Wojciechowski inserted juniors Wally Ellenson (first career start at MU or Minnesota) and Jajuan Johnson into the starting five versus the Blue Demons, with the duo joining Henry Ellenson, Fischer and Cheatham. The combination was the third variation for Marquette this season, with each version containing at least two freshmen. Henry Ellenson, Fischer and Cheatham are the only three players to start each of the squad’s 19 games in 2015-16.


 

 

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