Marquette Hosts Jackson St. Sunday Afternoon

Freshman Traci Carter has made a big impact since moving to starting lineup.
Nov. 27, 2015

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens a four-game homestand Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. when the squad hosts Jackson State (1-4, 0-0 SWAC) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature the national television broadcast, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles will play seven of their next eight outings at home, including the BIG EAST lidlifter versus Seton Hall on Dec. 30. Following Sunday’s action, MU hosts Grambling State Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. on FS2.

Marquette Claims Legends Classic Title

Marquette claimed the 2015 Legends Classic title last Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., downing Arizona State 78-73 in overtime.

The Golden Eagles trailed the Sun Devils by as many as eight points late in the second half, but were able to tie the score at 67-67 on a pair of charity tosses from freshman forward Henry Ellenson and force overtime (team’s second extra session game in 2015-16). Of the team’s 11 points in overtime, nine came via the free throw line and Marquette never trailed after regulation concluded. Ellenson finished with a double-double and junior center Luke Fischer chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds.

MU downed LSU 81-80 in the semifinals on Monday night, thanks to 16 points each from Ellenson, guard Duane Wilson and guard Jajuan Johnson. Fischer led the way offensively with 19 points.

The Golden Eagles are now 31-9 in multi-team tournaments since 2004-05 and this year’s event championship marked the first for the squad since claiming the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam with a victory over Norfolk State in the title matchup.

Henry Ellenson, Fischer Claim All-Tourney Accolades

The Golden Eagles received a number of critical contributions en route to the Legends Classic title, but specifically worthy of recognition were freshman forward Henry Ellenson and junior center Luke Fischer.

Ellenson was named the tournament’s most valuable player and claimed a spot on the all-tourney team, where he was joined by Fischer. In the wins over LSU and Arizona State, Ellenson chipped in 17.0 points and 11.0 points per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from behind the 3-point line. He claimed a double-double in both outings, battling through foul trouble and a leg injury versus the Sun Devils.

Fischer continued his efficient play in the post for MU, averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the pair of outings. In 30.5 minutes per contest, he shot 56.5 percent from the floor and knocked down 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) of his free throws. Nearly half (7-of-16) of his total rebounds came at the offensive end.

Marquette Owns Success Against SWAC Programs

While Marquette will be meeting Jackson State for the first time Sunday afternoon, the program does have plenty of experience against teams currently in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The Golden Eagles are 18-0 all-time against programs currently in the SWAC and will also play Grambling State Wednesday night in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Marquette has faced seven of the 10 programs in the league, with the most matchups (5-0) coming against Prairie View A&M.

Carter Making Most Of Starting Assignments

Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski inserted freshman guard Traci Carter into the staring lineup against LSU and the Philadelphia native has made the most of his opportunity in the last two outings.

In a team-high 37.0 minutes per contest at the Legends Classic, Carter chipped in 8.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest. Each of his personal-best marks have come in the last two games, including a nine-assist effort in the victory over LSU on Nov. 23.

Against Arizona State, Carter finished with 13 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Marquette Struggling To Make Long Distance Calls

Marquette is shooting 44.0 percent from the floor as a team through five games, but is still trying to find its touch from behind the 3-point line.

The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 24.5 percent (26-of-106) of their treys, while knocking down 55.1 percent (102-of-185) of their attempts from inside the line. Nearly 37 percent of the squad’s attempts are from long distance, with every player except owning at least one attempt except centers Luke Fischer and Matt Heldt.


 

 

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