Marquette Continues Maui Invite Against Mississippi State
Nov. 19, 2012
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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (2-1) continues play in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tuesday afternoon when the team takes on Mississippi State (1-2) at 1:30 p.m. CT. Dave O’Brien (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) will call the action on ESPN2 in Marquette’s third national television broadcast of the campaign. Tuesday afternoon’s matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the Golden Eagles and Bulldogs. Following Tuesday’s game against MSU, Marquette will wrap up tourney action on Wednesday before heading back to Milwaukee.
Blue’s Effort No Enough In Loss To Butler
Junior guard Vander Blue collected a total of just 12 points in the opening two games of the season, but led the squad with 21 points in Monday’s loss to Butler.
The Madison, Wis., native finished 7-of-14 from the field, including a 3-of-5 effort from behind the 3-point line. He scored 15 of his points in the second half and also chipped in three rebounds and an assist.
Blue has now surpassed the 20-point mark three times in his 75-game career, most recently netting a personal-best 26 points in Marquette’s victory over Winthrop on Nov. 18, 2011 in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
Anderson Produces In First Career Start
Sophomore Juan Anderson, who battled injuries a majority of his freshman campaign at MU, made his first career start Monday afternoon against Butler.
He battled through foul trouble to chip in five points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 22 minutes of action. For the season, Anderson is contributing 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing and is second on the roster in steals.
The Oakland, Calif., native has now scored more points (19) in three games in 2012-13 than he did all of last season (16 points) in 24 appearances off the bench. He also is three boards short of his freshman year tally of 20 rebounds.
Gardner’s Efficiency Hard To Miss
Despite playing just 17.7 minutes per night off the bench through three games for Marquette, junior forward Davante Gardner continues to lead the team in scoring.
He is currently contributing 14.7 points per game while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and is also tops on the roster with 6-3 rebounds per contest. Despite his limited minutes, Gardner leads the team with 32 shot attempts.