Marquette takes down Georgetown 94-82

#8 Marquette (19-2, 8-0) used on a 12-2 run early in the second half to spring them to a 94-82 victory over the Hoyas of Georgetown (12-8, 3-6). The win marks MU's 11th straight victory and best start to a league campaign in school history. The loss for Georgetown is its fifth straight.

The Golden Eagles were led by senior guard Jerel McNeal who scored 26 points on 8-17 shooting, including 5-10 from three-point range. McNeal also dished out a career-high 11 assists and had 5 steals.

"It's more my teammates than anything," McNeal said. "The game is much easier for me when they are making plays."

Junior forward Lazar Hayward was able to score 23 points on 7-11 shooting. Hayward's first basket of the afternoon marked his 1,000th career point as a Golden Eagle. Marquette now joins North Carolina as the only other team in the country with four active 1,000 point scorers on its roster.

"Welcome to club," fellow 1,000 point member Wes Matthews said.

Matthews also scored 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half. With 12:46 remaining, Matthews intercepted a pass and cashed it in on the other end with a dunk. This play ignited the crowd and made the Bradley Center a difficult environment for the remainder of the game.

"When the Bradley Center is rocking, it's a very tough place to play," Matthews said. "When it's loud, it makes you want to go out and make another play and another play."

Georgetown junior forward DaJuan Summers, who was listed as questionable for the contest because of ankle injury suffered against

Cincinnati on Wednesday night, certainly didn't play like there was anything wrong with him. Summers scored 22 points on 9-12 shooting and also grabbed 7 rebounds.

"Man, 22 and 7 in 36 minutes," MU head coach Buzz Williams said. "I don't know if he was too hurt."

Sophomore guard Chris Wright was another bright spot for the Hoyas. Wright scored 19 points on 7-10 shooting.

Marquette is back to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Chicago to take on conference rival DePaul. The Golden Eagles defeated the Blue Demons 79-70 when they played on January 24th.

Game Notes:

Today is the second time all season that the Golden Eagles have had 3 players score 20 or points in a game (McNeal 26, Matthews and Hayward 23). The first time was against Providence.

Jerel McNeal climbed up to third on the MU all-time scoring list with 1,705 career points.

He now is 68 points behind George Thompson for the all-time lead.

MU improves to 14-0 at the Bradley Center this season and have won 15 straight at home, dating back to last season.

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