MU 71 Samford 48/MU bench scores 50pts

Led by 50 points off the bench, Marquette[8-5] beat Samford[5-9], 71-48 in front of 14,668 at the Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon. The bench scoring included Freshman Jajuan Johnson's 14 pts, 3 assists and 2 steals and 13 pts each from Junior Todd Mayo and Freshman Deonte Burton. Burton's dunk down the lane with 7 min left in the game was worth the price of admission.

Jamil Wilson hurt his left knee when he was pushed from behind on a dunk attempt in the first half. Buzz Williams said after the game, "He is getting an MRI now. I would say that he is fine. He wanted to play. It was the conservative approach to make sure nothing is wrong. If there is something wrong let's not make it worse."


Deonte Burton

Deonte Burton said of his dunk, "I was surprised that the lane was so wide open. It is an indescribable feeling to do this. I want to be more consistent as a basketball player. We are ready but still have things to work on. Our bench plays a really big role. Some of our bench players can score.

Todd Mayo said in the press room, "A win is always good and it is hard to do. Samford is a good team you cannot overlook them. Getting stops and getting out [on break] was the difference. We still have a lot of room for work. The older guys have to come ready to play and get the younger guys comfortable. Getting everyone involved and playing defense. We have a bunch of scorers so we have to get back to guarding the ball."

Todd Mayo

Mayo wants the team to refocus on defense. He said, "Getting stops to finish games. We have been slacking at this so far. Need to get back. Come to work. Everyone is still trying to find their place. Still trying to get a rhythm. We will be ok."

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