MU Faces Howard Monday Night In Home Opener
Nov. 12, 2016
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (1-0 BIG EAST) hosts Howard (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) Monday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT in the home lidlifter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature Marquette’s first national television broadcast, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action. Following Monday’s game, the Golden Eagles will travel to New York City Tuesday afternoon in advance of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden (Nov. 17-18).
Marquette Opens Play In 2K Classic
Marquette is hoping to continue a trend of recent success in regular-season tournaments when the team opens play in the 2016 2K Classic.
MU has claimed five titles since 2004-05 and advanced to the final game in four other events. Two of the wins have come in overtime and at one point the Golden Eagles had claimed 12-straight victories in the annual tournaments.
The Golden Eagles are 31-9 overall since 2004-05 in multi-team events, including championships at the BCA Classic (2005), Great Alaska Shootout (2006), CBE Classic (2007), U.S. Virgin Island Paradise Jam (2011) and Legends Classic (2015).
MU appeared in the championship contest of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (2007), Chicago Invitational (2009), Old Spice Classic (2010) and DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (2013).
Marquette To Face Howard For First Time
While Marquette is celebrating its 100th year of basketball in 2016-17, it has taken until Monday night for the Golden Eagles to face Howard on the court.
The Golden Eagles have posted an overall record of 28-0 against the 13 current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), having not faced Howard or South Carolina State on at least one occasion.
The most recent matchup against a MEAC school came on Dec. 28, 2014 versus Morgan State (six all-time meetings, most with any MEAC program) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. MU posted an 81-53 victory in that game.
Other first-time opponents this season for Marquette include SIU-Edwardsville and a potential matchup with SMU in the 2K Classic.
Golden Eagles Pull Away For Veterans Classic Win
Trailing by one point at the intermission, Marquette took control moments into the second half and was able to pull away for an impressive 95-71 win over Vanderbilt Friday night in the Veterans Classic.
The Golden Eagles knocked down a total of 13 treys, the most since making the same number against Grambling State on Dec. 2, 2015. Six different players (most since Dec. 5, 2015 vs. Maine) drained at least one 3-pointer on Friday, led by three each from freshman Sam Hauser and sophomore Haanif Cheatham.
MU shot 59.0 percent in the second half, but the defense was just as impressive. Vanderbilt turned the ball over 19 times, thanks in part to 13 Marquette steals, and shot just 39.7 percent from the field.
Newcomers Make Big Contributions In Opener
Four players, including two starters, made their respective Marquette debuts in the season opener against Vanderbilt.
Freshman Markus Howard and senior Katin Reinhardt (graduate transfer from USC) found their names penciled into the starting lineup and both freshman Sam Hauser and junior Andrew Rowsey (redshirted in 2015-16 after transferring from UNC Asheville) saw extended minutes off the bench.
The quartet combined to contribute 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and each player saw double-figures in minutes.
Johnson Collects Tremendous All-Around Performance
Senior guard Jajuan Johnson collected one of his best all-around games as a Golden Eagle in the win over Vanderbilt Friday night in the Veterans Classic.
In just 29 minutes of action, Johnson chipped in 21 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists. He shot 9-of-13 from the floor, including a 3-of-5 effort from behind the 3-point line. The thefts total matched his career high and accounted for nearly half of the team’s total (13).
The Memphis, Tenn., native picked up where he left off to conclude the 2015-16 season. Dating back to the Feb. 20, 2016 matchup at DePaul, Johnson is contributing 16.4 points per game while shooting 59.0 percent (49-of-83) from the floor and 10-fo-25 (40.0 percent) from long distance. He also chipped in 3.3 steals per contest during that run.
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