Thoughts from MU’s 102-85win over LSU-Atletas

Marquette moved to 2-0 on its European trip with an impressive win over LSU-Atletas of Lithuania. Here are some thoughts from the game

  • Duane Wilson still may be better suited as a 2-guard, but the redshirt sophomore showed he is developing as a combo guard in the first two games of this trip. Wilson led Marquette in scoring in an 89-82 win over Haukar Basketball, but Saturday he sparked the Golden Eagles with 11 assists. Wilson is proving he can play both guard spots and could give Steve Wojciechowski more versatility with lineups.
  • Henry Ellenson is an already polished scorer. He dropped 29 points against LSU-Atletas and did it in a varierty of ways. Ellenson can shoot from the perimeter, play with his back to the basket and score off the dribble. It didn’t appear to be possible, but Ellenson is building up more hype for his freshman season while playing overseas.
  • It’s early in a season with a lot of new players, but Marquette looked disheveled quite a bit defensively in this game. The Golden Eagles were sometimes found scrambling to cover their man when the ball was swung around the perimeter and occasionally fell asleep on men along the perimeter. These are kinks the coaching staff will surely work out as the preseason continues.
  • When Marquette did have a nice defensive possession, they occasionally wasted it by allowing offensive rebounds. Marquette will need to do a better job of boxing out, especially against Big East opponents.
  • Luke Fischer was productive and, more importantly, didn’t seem to be hampered at all by his shoulder. The center scored 21 points with nine rebounds Saturday.
  • The Golden Eagles won by 17 and played with a comfortable lead for most of the second half, but when they allowed Atletas back into the game it was mainly because of turnovers and lackadaisical defense. They did respond with some great defensive moments and spurts that carried them to another win.
  • Freshman center Matt Heldt showed he can rebound the ball very well. He still needs some polish as a scorer, but he has a high motor.
  • JaJuan Johnson left the game briefly in the second half after being hit in the face while defending a baseline drive, but he did return. He had a nice game that featured some pretty finishes around the rim.

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