James Leads All Scorers With 22 Points, Matthews Adds 13
Victoria, Canada – The Marquette University men's basketball team capped a successful Labor Day weekend tour in Vancouver with a hard-fought 76-65 win over the University of Victoria Sunday evening on Vancouver Island.
Marquette completed the trip with a perfect 4-0 record, playing four games in a 48-hour span, including three in less than 24 hours. The MU travel party will depart early Monday morning for Milwaukee, arriving late that night.
Junior guard Dominic James led all scorers with 22 points and classmate Wesley Matthews chipped in 13 points of his own, the only two players to reach double figures. Each of the 11 players to see action, however, netted at least two points and a total of five contributed at least seven in the game.
The Golden Eagles led 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, despite shooting just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from the field. After Victoria opened the game with a 3-pointer, Marquette responded with a 9-0 run to capture the lead. MU's field goal total consisted of layups and 3-pointers.
James helped push the squad to a 12-point advantage midway through the second quarter, netting eight-straight points thanks in part to a pair of treys. The Vikings managed to keep Marquette from pulling away and trailed 34-25 at the halftime intermission. Both squads completed the opening 20 minutes 10-of-29 (34.5 percent) from the field, but MU was able to build a larger advantage thanks to a 9-of-10 effort from the charity stripe.
Marquette warmed up its shooting touch in the locker room and held a 54-44 lead after three quarters. MU shot 8-of-16 from the field in the third stanza, capped by a top of the key 3-pointer by James as time expired. Victoria shot just 35.7 percent from the floor in the quarter, but knocked down 6-of-7 free throws.
The fourth quarter started with some excitement for those MU fans in attendance. James climbed the top of the ladder to swat away and easy layup and it led to a transition trey by sophomore guard David Cubillan. Marquette's momentum was short lived, however, as UVic began to chip into the deficit.
After the Vikings somehow banked in a trey from the deep left corner to cut the gap to six points, Matthews responded with a pair of three-point plays to push Marquette back up by 12. He first attacked the rim, drawing the foul and converting on the free throw, before knocking down a traditional 3-pointer from the left wing.
Victoria had one more run to make, pulling to within seven points late in the final frame. A 3-point play by Fitzgerald and a wide open trey by James would help to seal the win and send the UVic faithful to the exits.
Tour Notes: The matchup with the Vikings produced the largest crowd as over 1,000 fans filled McKinnon Arena for the exhibition matchup … Victoria and Fraser Valley compete in the top collegiate division in Canada while Douglas is in what translates to a Division II level … Douglas College defeated Boise State 109-100 Sunday night, led by Bol Kong's 40-point effort … The travel party will take the ferry back to the mainland Monday morning before heading to the airport.