MU78 ASU71 in Fischer’s prolific debut

Luke Fischer’s debut at Marquette couldn’t have gone much better. The 6-foot-11 Indiana transfer was an obvious impact on both sides of the floor as he scored 19 points with nine rebounds and five blocks in Marquette’s 78-71 victory over Arizona State Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “It feels great,” Fischer said. “Obviously there were some jitters at first.

“ After that the game just settled in and I was able to play basketball.”


After sitting out the entire first semester due to NCAA transfer rules, Fischer dominated in 33 minutes and was Marquette’s first true presence inside all season. Fischer didn’t start the game, but he logged 33 minutes, something he admitted he didn’t expect.

“Honestly for the first game, yes (I was surprised with my minutes),” Fischer said. “I had no idea how much coach would put me in, but he trusted me enough to leave me in for that long.”

Wojo with his first T as a coach at MU

Wojciechowki said he was very impressed with Fischer’s first game with the program.

“(I’m) Incredibly impressed,” Wojciechowski said of his center’s performance. “Really, Luke has not played a prominent role in any college game. After a year-and-a-half to come into his first game and be a presence on both ends of the floor and really give us a spark was a terrific performance.”

Fischer wasn’t the only player putting up big numbers for the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Jajuan Johnson led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and redshirt sophomore Duane Wilson poured in 19 points on 5-of-8 from the floor.

“People are going to talk about Luke, but I think JJ’s performance was equally as impressive,” Wojciechowski said. “JJ had his best week of practice and it’s funny how a lot of times if you practice really well, it translates to the game. He did a great job for us tonight.”

The Golden Eagles dominated much of the action and put out their best performance of the season. Arizona State never led after having a 4-2 advantage with 17:32 remaining in the first half. Marquette shot an impressive 57 percent from the field and 23 of its 28 baskets were assisted. Juan Anderson led the team with seven dimes.

“We’ve worked a lot over the exam break on our offensive efficiency,” Wojciechowki said. “We’re a team that needs to score together. We need to work together on the offensive end and 23 assists on 28 made field goals is evidence of that.”

Fischer’s presence was greatly impactful on the defensive end of the floor. The Sun Devils struggled to get much going off the dribble-drive, which led to plenty of missed lay ups that resulted in plenty of transition opportunities. Marquette scored 20 fastbreak points and 42 points in the paint.

Duane Wilson had 19 pts vs ASU

Marquette had an impressive defensive effort, limiting the Sun Devils to just 38.7 percent shooting. The Golden Eagles also forced 16 Sun Devil turnovers and scored 17 points off of those miscues. Wojciechowki said he was pleased with his team’s defensive outing.

“I thought our activity on the defensive end was good,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s the best our man defense has been all year and it led to some easy baskets. The basket’s going to look bigger if you’re able to get easy baskets.”

It wasn’t perfect for Marquette, as it was still beaten on the glass 34-32 and sort of slipped up toward the end of the game. The Golden Eagles led by as many as 18 points with fewer than four minutes to play, but allowed the Sun Devils to creep back into the game and close the gap to seven points.

Jajuan Johnson scored 22 pts vs ASU

Marquette will have a couple of days off before welcoming Alabama A&M for an unorthodox home game Friday night. The game will be played at the Al McGuire Center at 8 p.m.

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