MILWAUKEE—Junior Cadougan scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds leading No. 10 Marquette (11-1) to a 64-50 victory over intercity foe Milwaukee (9-4).
In what turned out to be a grind-it-out style of game, Marquette shot just 39 percent from the field and 18 percent from downtown. However, it was their play on the other end of the court that made the difference.
The Golden Eagles clamped down defensively and held the Panthers to just 16-of-60 shooting. Even more impressive, Milwaukee shot just 4-of-28 from beyond the arc.
The solid defensive effort for Marquette began from the get-go, as MU held Milwaukee to 28 percent shooting in the first half.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. However, they were not able to pull away and led the Panthers by just six points with three minutes to play.
Then with 1:46 remaining, Davante Gardner picked up his second foul on a play where Milwaukee guard Ryan Allen jumped into him attempting a lob play on an inbounds pass.
Needless to say, Gardner wasn't pleased with the call and picked up a technical on the play and Milwaukee was able to convert on all four free-throw attempts to cut the Marquette lead to two.
The technical seemed to put a spark into MU as they used a 14-3 run, spanning the halftime break, to take a 41-28 lead.
Milwaukee hung around, trading baskets with the Golden Eagles, until they were able to cut the lead to seven on a 6-0 run of their own at the 8:46 mark.
A Jae Crowder three-pointer with 5:03 remaining capped off an 11-4 run for Marquette and seemed to be the last dagger in the Panther's side as MU increased their lead to 15.
Despite the poor shooting numbers the Golden Eagles did make the most of their opportunities at the free throw line, connecting on 18-of-20 attempts for the game.
Darius Johnson-Odom and Davante Gardner each chipped in with 12 points in the win. Both were solid on the glass grabbing eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Senior forward Jae Crowder got off to a slow start, scoring his first points at the 9:58 mark of the second half. He finished the game with nine points.
Allen had a monster game for Milwaukee, scoring 16 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking six shots. Based on those numbers, you might find it hard to believe he is a six-foot-three guard.
Kaylon Williams and Kyle Kelm joined him in double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Marquette returns to the court a week from today when they face their third SEC opponent of the season, Vanderbilt.
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