MILWAUKEE – Five Golden Eagles scored in double figures as the Marquette Golden Eagles knocked off the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 97-58 in the season opener on Friday night at the Bradley Center.
Senior forward Jimmy Butler led the way with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Freshman forward Davante Gardner was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line en route to 17 points.
After leading 15 -7 at the 13:23 mark, MU went on a 22-2 run to expand their lead to 28 points. During that stretch the Golden Eagles were really able to amp up the pressure defensively, leading to 13 first half turnovers.
Freshman guard Vander Blue made his presence felt all over the court, scoring 7 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing out 5 assists, recording 4 steals and blocking 3 shots in 28 minutes of action.
Darius Johnson-Odom, Erik Williams and Jae Crowder also hit double-figures for MU scoring 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
On surprise for MU fans came when the starting lineups were announced. Butler, Blue, Reggie Smith, Erik Williams and Chris Otule heard their names called just before tip. According to Buzz Williams this came as no surprise to the players.
The Golden Eagles were decisively better on the boards, outrebounding the Panthers 51-19. MU also outscored PVAMU in bench points, 56-12.
Marquette did show flashes of inexperience, turning the ball over 17 times and free-throw woes continued as MU shot 22-of-35 from the charity stripe after shooting 57 percent in the exhibition.
Prairie View A&M was lead by Alabama A&M transfer Trant Simpson who scored 14 points. Michael Griffin added 11 and the pair combined to shoot 7-of-12 from downtown.
Balanced attack leads MU to victory, 97-58
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