Working through a tough couple of weeks with semester classes coming to an end and a week full of final exams, Marquette came ready to play.
"We had an unbelievable week of practice; probably the best week of practice we've had all year," said sophomore Jerel McNeal who scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win.
Marquette took control of the game early with tough defense and quickly transition offense. Marquette tallied an amazing 37 deflections in the first half and capitalized on the resulting 13 UMBC turnovers.
At halftime, Marquette led 36 to 14 and never looked back.
"The first half was one of the best defensive efforts of the entire year," said head coach Tom Crean.
Sophomore Dominic James led the Golden Eagles with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals, including three dunks in transition in the first half.
"When we get easy baskets and easy assists that just gets us going," said James.
After halftime, Marquette picked up where it left off with strong showing from Freshman Lazar Hayward who had 13 points and 7 rebounds six form the offensive end.
"To get six offensive boards and to score around the rim the way he did, he is not even shooting the ball form range real well yet, but he will," said Crean. "We are excited about his development; really excited."
Marquette (10-2) will take on the Oakland Golden Grizzles this Tuesday December 19 at 7:00 at the Bradley Center.
"These next three games are very important to us. They are games that we definitely need to win, and we are just going to try and get our rhythm back," said James. "After each win we are going to gain just that much more confidence going into the conference season."
**Eric Titze is a senior majoring in Political Science.
**Pat Barry is a senior majoring in Accounting.