Marquette Faces SIUE Wednesday Night at 7:30 p.m. CT
Dec. 20, 2016
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (8-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2016-17 campaign Wednesday night when the program hosts SIU-Edwardsville (4-8, 0-0 Ohio Valley) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature the 7:30 p.m. CT national television broadcast, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action.
Following Wednesday’s game, the Golden Eagles will scatter around the country to spend Christmas with friends and family before returning to campus to prepare for the Dec. 28 BIG EAST Conference opener against Georgetown at home.
MU Familiar With SIUE, Even In First Meeting
Although Wednesday’s matchup with SIUE will be the first on the court between the two programs, the teams do share a connection.
Jon Harris, SIUE’s second-year head coach, played four seasons (1999-2002) at Marquette under Mike Deane and Tom Crean. He was a member of an NIT (1999-2000) and NCAA (2001-02) squad and served as team captain as a senior, when the team finished 26-7 overall and was ranked as high as ninth in the country. Harris concluded his career with nearly 500 rebounds.
Harris also made assistant coaching stops at Green Bay, Missouri State, Tennessee and California.
Rowsey Dials Long Distance In First Start
Junior guard Andrew Rowsey made his first start with the Golden Eagles Monday night in the win over St. Francis (PA) and concluded the evening with a team-high 22 points.
The Lexington, Virginia, native finished with six 3-pointers and also chipped in four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes of action. His point total marked a personal best with Marquette, and in the last four games, he has combined to shoot 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from long distance. Of his made field goals this season, 72.4 percent (21-of-29) have come from behind the line.
Rowsey spent his first two seasons at UNC Asheville, where he was an all-league performer. His collegiate career high of 41 points came against Radford on Feb. 13, 2014.
Golden Eagles Taking Advantage Of Charity
Through games of Dec. 19, the Golden Eagles rank first in the BIG EAST Conference and fourth in the nation in free throw percentage (.808).
The Marquette roster currently features five players shooting 85.0 percent-or-better from the charity stripe and the trio of Markus Howard, Katin Reinhardt and Andrew Rowsey has missed a total of just three free throws all season.
Reinhardt is currently fourth in the nation in free throw percentage (.960) and Rowsey would be right behind him, but is just short of the NCAA per game minimums.
Dating back to the 1948-49 campaign, Marquette has never finished about 80.0 percent as a team for the year. The two best efforts came in 1976-77 (.778) and 2002-03 (.771), the national championship season and Final Four campaigns, respectively.
Cheatham Returns To Scoring Form
After not reaching double figures in three-straight games (WCU, Georgia, Fresno State) for the first time in his career, sophomore guard Haanif Cheatham has responded with a pair of performances Marquette fans have come to expect from him.
In the last two outings against Wisconsin and St. Francis (PA), Cheatham has chipped in 17.0 points per game, thanks in large part to a 9-of-11 effort from the free throw line. He scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half against the Red Flash and also chipped in four rebounds, four assists, a block and one steal in 31 minutes of action.
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