Marquette Hosts San Jose State Tuesday Night

Junior Wally Ellenson has shown off his high-flying abilities in recent games.
Dec. 7, 2015

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The Marquette University men's basketball team (6-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up its season-long four-game homestand Tuesday night when the squad welcomes San Jose State (4-4, 0-0 Mountain West) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a 7 p.m. opening tip. FS2 will feature the team's seventh national television broadcast of the campaign, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Following Tuesday night's matchup, the Golden Eagles will return to action at rival Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 12:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Lone Meeting With Spartans Came In 1954-55

The Golden Eagles and Spartans have met just once on the court in program history, playing in Milwaukee during the 1954-55 campaign.

Marquette was able to claim an 80-68 victory at home over San Jose State under the direction of head coach Jack Nagle. MU finished 24-3 that season, which included a 22-game winning streak and a trip to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Marquette defeated Miami (OH) and No. 2 Kentucky before falling to No. 5 Iowa 86-81.

While MU has faced SJSU on just one occasion, the program does have plenty of experience against teams currently in the Mountain West Conference. The Golden Eagles own an overall record of 27-7 against MWC programs, with a majority of those results coming against Air Force (MU leads series 16-5). Marquette has also faced Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State.

Improved Shooting Touch Key During Win Streak

The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, thanks in large part to an improved shooting touch.

During the streak, Marquette is shooting 53.2 percent (158-of-297) from the floor and 39-of-93 (40.0 percent) from behind the 3-point line. Both of those numbers are well above the season averages of 49.0 and 33.1 percent, respectively. The team's defensive effort has been just as important, holding opposing squads to just 34.4 percent from the field and 66.0 points per game (down from season average of 71.6 ppg.).

Marquette hasn't won six-consecutive games since the Elite Eight campaign of 2012-13. MU claimed six-straight from Dec. 22 until Jan. 16, a span that concluded non-league play and the start of BIG EAST action.

Marquette Jumps Ahead Early On Grambling State, Maine

Marquette's offensive attack has gotten to work early and often in the team's last pair of outings and the defensive effort has been just as impressive against Grambling State and Maine.

In the two matchups, the Golden Eagles have combined to score the first 36 points of the game and as a result pulled away early for the victories.

Marquette jumped ahead 14-0 against Grambling State and didn't allow the Tigers to score until the 13:08 mark of the first half. MU's defensive effort held GSU to 0-for-10 from the field to begin the contest.

Saturday afternoon's win over the Black Bears saw Marquette open the game with a 22-0 run, thanks to a personal nine-point streak by freshman Henry Ellenson. Maine finally got on the scoreboard at the 14:52 mark and MU knocked down each of its first eight attempts from the field.

Fischer Leads Potent First-Half Attack Against Maine

Marquette was able to jump ahead 61-29 over Maine at halftime thanks to an extremely efficient offensive attack, let by junior center Luke Fischer.

Fischer's 20 first-half points on 10-of-11 shooting is the highest mark for any MU player in the first stanza this season. The previous mark was 13 points, also from Fischer, in a win against IUPUI on Nov. 16. His 20 points were the most by an MU player in the first half since Jamil Wilson tallied 20 points in a win at Cal-State Fullerton on 11/28/13.

MU's 61 first-half points (shot 65.8 percent from the field) and 32-point first-half lead were both the largest first-half marks of the season. The Golden Eagles had previously led by 24 points after scoring 47 first-half points in its previous outing against Grambling State.




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