Marquette Hosts Houston Baptist Saturday Night
Nov. 25, 2016
TV Info: FS2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its three-game homestand on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. when the squad hosts Houston Baptist (2-2, 0-0 Southland) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS2 will feature the television broadcast, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles are currently in the midst of a stretch that has the team playing 8-of-9 games at home.
Will Gates Marquette Journey Continues With HBU
Marquette fans are sure to remember former guard Will Gates (1992-95), who was one of two primary subjects (Arthur Agee) in the 1994 critically acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams."
Gates played three seasons for the Golden Eagles under both Kevin O'Neill and Mike Deane. The film followed the players' journey through high school as both were recruited to play at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois.
Houston Baptist's roster includes Gates' two sons, Will Jr. and Jalon. Will Gates Jr., a Milwaukee native, is a redshirt junior who spent the first part of his career at Furman and Jalon Gates is a freshman on the team.
Marquette Claimed Lone Meeting With Huskies
The Golden Eagles claimed the lone previous meeting with Houston Baptist, downing the Huskies 95-64 to open the 2008-09 campaign.
The matchup was the first under head coach Buzz Williams and Marquette went on to finish the year 25-10 overall and played in the NCAA West Region. Wesley Matthews led the way with 27 points and Lazar Hayward chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Lineup Adjustment Jump Starts Offense
After a pair of losses in New York City at the 2K Classic, head coach Steve Wojciechowski decided to make some adjustments to the starting lineup against IUPUI.
The result was an impressive offensive performance that resulted in 104 points (ninth time in 10 years MU has scored 100-or-more) on 57.1 percent shooting from the field and 22 assists on 36 made baskets. Five players finished with double figures in points and 11 of the 12 Golden Eagles to see action netted at least two points.
Marquette netted 57 points in the first half against IUPUI, its highest total since scoring 61 versus Maine on Dec. 5, 2015.
Hauser Posts Impressive Start To Career
Newcomer Sam Hauser has been one of the pleasant surprises early in 2016-17 and has made a significant contribution to the offensive attack.
The BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Nov. 14 is currently averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the floor overall and 47.8 percent from behind the 3-point line. He leads the roster with 11 treys, which account for 15 of his made field goals.
The Stevens Point, Wisconsin, native finished with eight points and a personal-best nine boards in the win over IUPUI in just 20 minutes of action.
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