MILWAUKEE—It was a group effort as Marquette cruised past Mount St. Mary's 92-37, at the Bradley Center on Friday night.
Darius Johnson-Odom led Marquette with 16 points as six different Golden Eagles reached double figures. Jae Crowder and Chris Otule each poured in 14 points while Jamail Jones, Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue each chipped in with 10.
MU was able to hold The Mount to 29.1 percent shooting from the field. They were able to capitalize on 29 Mountaineer turnovers, scoring 45 points.
Things were sloppy early as MU held just a three point lead 4:13 into the game. However, they turned things around quickly as Golden Eagles went on a 23-4 run to break the game open for good.
Prior to the game there was some speculation about which player would be MU's fifth starter. Williams had mentioned on Wednesday that Blue, Otule, Johnson-Odom and Crowder would start for sure which led to some speculation of whether or not Cadougan would start.
Cadougan did end up starting and mediated the offense throughout the night, dishing out 10 assists and opening up scoring opportunities down low for his big men—especially Otule.
After the game Williams ended all speculation about Cadougan.
"I just like to play games with you guys (the media)," said Williams. "As long as I'm here and unless Junior tears his Achilles, that's my boy. What I should have said on media day is I'm starting Junior and I don't know about the other four."
Marquette gave up 16 offensive rebounds to an undersized Mount St. Mary's team, which only had six scholarship players dressed.
Williams addressed the rebounding issues following the game.
The problem is when you put so much pressure on the ball and you're not allowing guys to throw it around where they want to go, you extend your defense," said Williams. "So that typically trends towards long shots, which equals long rebounds and we didn't do a great job on the weak side of blocking our guys out."
The Golden Eagles will not have long to adjust as they return to the Bradley Center on Monday night when they host Norfolk State. Tip time is set for 6 pm CT.
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