MU Wraps Up Non-League Play Wednesday At Vanderbilt
Dec. 27, 2010
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (9-3) hits the road for its final non-conference matchup of the 2010-11 campaign when the squad faces Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 29. ESPN2 will feature Marquette’s fourth national broadcast of the campaign, with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) calling the action from Memorial Gym. MU will be facing the Commodores for the first time since 1973-74. Following Wednesday’s game, the Golden Eagles will get an early jump on the BIG EAST Conference season with a 10 a.m. CT New Year’s Day outing versus West Virginia at the Bradley Center on ESPN2.
Vanderbilt Series Spans Program’s History
Marquette and Vanderbilt have met on just four occasions in men’s basketball, but the all-time series spans nearly the entirety of the 94-year-old program at MU.
Marquette claimed a 31-6 decision in the first-ever meeting during the 1920-21 campaign and the two teams split meetings in 1925-26 and 1926-27, with each squad winning on the road.
The most recent matchup came during the 1974 NCAA Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala. MU defeated the Commodores 69-61 in the regional semifinal en route to a runner-up finish that year. Maurice Lucas led the way for MU with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Bo Ellis chipped in 16 points and nine boards. Vanderbilt was led by Jeff Fosnes’ 14 points and Jan van Breda Kolff’s 10 rebounds.
Crowder’s Career-Best Night Leads MU To Victory
Junior forward Jae Crowder netted 12-straight points in the victory over Mississippi Valley State en route to a career-best 22-point night.
The Villa Rica, Ga., native shot 8-of-15 from the field, including a 3-of-4 effort from behind the 3-point line. In just over a minute of actual game time in the first half, Crowder helped turn a seven-point advantage into a 14-point lead thanks to a trio of treys and a mid-range jumper. His 12-point outburst included three-straight from long distance.
He also found time to chip in five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in just 28 minutes of action. For his efforts, Crowder was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll (Dec. 27) for the first time.