Seniors carry the load in losing effort

The Marquette Golden Eagles lost their first game to a mid-major opponent since Dec. 2 2006, but it was not because of their captains. Seniors Derrick Wilson and Juan Anderson put up stellar performances Saturday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Anderson scored 23 points, while Wilson added a career-high 17 points.

After a tumultuous first three seasons, the seniors rose to the occasion in great fashion and at times were the only source of offense throughout the game. Anderson was 11-of-15 from the floor and Wilson was 8-of-13.

Head coach Steve Wojciechowski praised his captains for their efforts.

“Both those kids competed like crazy,” Wojciechowski said. “Of all the guys on our team, they’ve been in the most big-time situations. For an older guy it’s easier to lose yourself in the game where the only thing you’re concentrating on is winning. I thought Derrick and Juan did that today.”

Juan Anderson had 23 pts 8 Rebs 4 asts 3 ST and 2 BL vs Neb-Omaha

Wilson attributed being around experienced producers on previous teams as the reason he was able to provide a punch off the bench.

“This is my fourth year and I’ve been on pretty good teams,” Wilson said. “I’ve learned from guys who are able to do that. I think it’s a trait that you gain from those guys.”

The Golden Eagles could use steady contributions from those two, as Marquette has gotten inconsistent production from its entire roster. Graduate senior Matt Carlino was brought in to help in the scoring department, but he has been erratic and inefficient from the floor.

Marquette will need Anderson and Wilson to come up large more often during the rest of the season.

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