Marquette Hosts Grambling St. Wednesday Night
Dec. 1, 2015
TV: FS2 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (4-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its season-long, four-game homestand Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes Grambling State (2-5, 0-0 SWAC) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS2 will feature the national television coverage, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday's outing, the Golden Eagles will continue their homestand Saturday afternoon against Maine at 1:30 p.m. CT on FS Wisconsin.
Last Matchup With Tigers Produced Record Total
Marquette and Grambling State will be meeting for the fifth time on Wednesday night and the Golden Eagles are hoping to continue their success against the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Golden Eagles are 19-0 all-time against programs currently in the SWAC after downing Jackson State Sunday afternoon in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Marquette has faced eight of the 10 programs in the league, with the most matchups (5-0) coming against Prairie View A&M.
GSU's most recent visit to Milwaukee resulted in a 114-71 victory for the Golden Eagles on Nov. 12, 2013. Marquette's point total set a team BMO Harris Bradley Center record and was the second-highest (118 vs. Milwaukee, 1/14/1969) final score in program history.
In Marquette's record-setting victory, eight players collected double figures in points and of the 12 players to see action, all but one contributed at least two points. The Golden Eagles dished out 33 assists on 45 made field goals, led by guard Derrick Wilson's 10 helpers. The defensive effort by the team was just as impressive, holding the Tigers to just a 28.6 percent clip from the field.
Ellenson, Fischer Claim Weekly League Accolades
The duo helped lead Marquette to a 3-0 week, including the championship at the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center after victories over Nov. 22/17 LSU (Nov. 23) and Arizona State (Nov. 24).
The weekly honor was the first for Ellenson, who is a candidate for the conference's freshman of the year award. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native was named the most valuable player at the Legends Classic and in the three games last week averaged 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He collected three double-doubles and combined to shoot 52.8 percent from the field.
Fischer earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the Legends Classic and chipped in 16.0 points and 7.3 boards per contest in the team's trio of outings last week. The Germantown, Wisconsin native was 60.0 percent (18-of-30) from the field and averaged 3.0 blocks per game.
Cheatham Collects Breakout Offensive Performance
Freshman guard Haanif Cheatham had reached double figures in two of the team's three outings previous to Jackson State, but took his offensive performance to the next level on Sunday afternoon.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native finished with a personal-best 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including a 4-of-4 effort from behind the 3-point line. He also drained all six of his free throw opportunities and found time to chip in three rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes of action. Cheatham's seven made treys this season are the second-most on the team and each of his other 15 field goals have come at the rim, making him a true inside-outside threat.
Cheatham's point total was the highest by a Marquette true freshman since Dominic James poured in 29 points against DePaul on Jan. 17, 2006.
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