MU Hosts Georgetown Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT
Dec. 29, 2017
The Marquette University men's basketball team (9-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) wraps up a four-game homestand when the squad welcomes Georgetown (10-2, 0-1 BIG EAST) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a 3:30 p.m. CT tip on Saturday, Dec. 30. FS1 will feature the team's 13th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. The first 5,000 fans on Saturday will receive a complimentary "We Are Marquette" t-shirt (limited sizes available). Following Saturday's game, the Golden Eagles will embark on a two-game road swing to Providence (Jan. 3) and Villanova (Jan. 6). The trip will mark the team's first outside the state of Wisconsin since the Maui Invitational (Nov. 20-22).
Series With Hoyas Dates Back To 1941-42
Georgetown owns a narrow 12-11 in the all-time series after the two programs split the home-and-home matchups in 2016-17, with each squad winning on its home court.
All but two of the matchups have come since Marquette joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
The programs first met during the 1941-42 campaign and the Hoyas were able to claim a 35-34 victory. The next meeting didn't come until the 1971-72 season and Marquette posted a winning 88-44 decision.
The series resumed in 2005-06 and the squads have met on 21 occasions since that year. The Golden Eagles claimed a 76-66 win over the Hoyas on Dec. 28, 2016 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the BIG EAST opener for both programs, with the Hoyas earning an 80-62 win on Feb. 11, 2017 at the Verizon Center in the most recent encounter.
Cain Collects Top Performance In League Opener
Entering the league opener against No. 6/5 Xavier, freshman guard Jamal Cain had reached double figures in points (10 vs. Chicago State, 11/29/17) on just one occasion and knocked down a total of six 3-pointers through the team's first 12 outings.
The Pontiac, Michigan, native finished with a personal-best 16 points off the bench, thanks in large part to a 4-of-6 effort from behind the 3-point line. He was 5-of-8 from the field overall in a career-high 29 minutes and also chipped in four steals, four rebounds, a pair of blocks and an assist.
Hauser's Value On Display In Final Box Score
Sophomore forward Sam Hauser, who has been asked to play multiple positions during his tenure, is quietly putting together one of the best all-around campaigns by a Marquette player in recent memory.
Wednesday's box score provided perfect evidence of his value. The Stevens Point, Wisconsin, native scored 12 points (4-of-6 shooting), dished out a personal-best eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds. He also guard multiple Xavier players and didn't turn the ball over in 38 minutes of action.
Over the course of the team's last five games, Hauser is contributing 19.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 60.0 percent (33-of-55) from the field overall and 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from behind the 3-point line. He has also committed just one turnover in 170 total minutes of action.
Rowsey's Point Production Nears 2K Mark
Senior guard Andrew Rowsey netted a personal Marquette-high 31 points in Wednesday's matchup with Xavier, marking the second time in 2017-18 he has reached the 30-point mark and the eighth time this year he has netted at least 20 points in a game (nine times total all of 2016-17).
The Lexington, Virginia, native knocked town six treys versus the Musketeers and also chipped in three assists, three rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes of action. His previous high 30-point effort came vs. LSU on Nov. 22 in the Maui Invitational.
Rowsey is on pace to surpass the 2,000-point plateau for his collegiate career in the coming weeks. His currently in possession of 1,894 points, with 1,244 of those coming at UNC Asheville (2013-15).
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