Davante Gardner led all scorers with 18 points in the game. Offense appeared to be an issue early on as the team shot 33 percent in the first half. Things changed as the team shot 57.9 percent in the second half.
Junior Cadougan scored six points with five assists. The quick offense in the paint and beyond the arc between him and Gardner provided the Golden Eagles with a much needed momentum shift.
The Lions put up a fight. With 5:25 left in the second half, Southeast Louisiana was just down one point to Marquette. The led changed four times in the game.
Jeffery Richard led Southeast Louisiana with 11 points. Brandon Fontenberry also had 9 of his own.
Expected to contribute more on the defensive end, Otule posted 10 points with five rebounds. He was 4-for-6 after a 5-for-5 performance from the field against Colgate.
Trent Lockett exited the game for a short time after getting hit in the head. He managed to finish the game and scored eight points in his 19 minutes of action.
Marquette will travel to Hawaii next to face Butler in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. That game will be next Monday at 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2. =========================================
Games Notes from Ryan Ellerbusch
- Of Marquette's 22 made field goals in the game, 18 of them were assisted which is good for 81%. Davante Gardner led the Golden Eagles with 18 points going 8-14 from the field.
- Davante Gardner and Chris Otule combined for 28 of the team's 64 total points scored in the contest. Buzz noted in his post game press conference the importance of getting paint touches during the possessions that Marquette scored.
Vander Blue with some full court pressure
- Marquette shot 33.3% in the first-half compared to Southeastern Louisiana's 35.7%. Marquette finished the game shooting 42.3%. When Marquette's jump shooting was struggling, they were working the ball in the post more often, which led to a 36-24 points in the paint advantage.
- Jamil Wilson started the game going 0-7 from the field, but finished the game with 6 points and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. Wilson also had a career-high 5 assists in the game.
- In the 9-point victory over Southeastern Louisiana, Marquette outscored the Lions by 8 points at the free-throw line. Trent Lockett and Vander Blue struggled offensively shooting a combined 2-10 from the field, but Blue was 4-4 and Lockett 6-6 from the line. A relatively high number of 42 total fouls were called in the game.
- Chris Otule didn't grab a single rebound in team's opener vs. Colgate, but pulled down 5 vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Buzz said it's not vital that Otule gets the rebounds himself, but more importantly that he boxes out his defender and to make sure his man doesn't get the offensive rebound instead.
- As a team, Marquette was out rebounded by Colgate 39-37, but on Friday had a 9 rebound advantage over Southeastern Louisiana. Vander Blue showing once again this season too that he has a knack for grabbing rebounds as a guard with 5 in the game.
- The longest run in the game by either team was a 5-0 run from Southeastern Louisiana in the first half. This kept Marquette fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center quiet for most of the night until the Golden Eagles pulled away in the end
- Southeastern Louisiana's largest lead in the game was by just a single point although the lead changed 4 times. The Lions went on a scoring drought near the end of the game as their last field goal came with 6:05 remaining.
- Buzz credited his team played well defensively forcing 14 turnovers. Marquette used a 1-2-2 full court press at times after made baskets or dead balls under Southeastern Louisiana's basket.
Buzz Williams on making a living in the paint with Chris Otule and Davante Gardner:
"I think they could pay the rent. I think those two guys could pay the rent. We could probably rent a good house. I don't know if we would have a lot of equity and bond in the kind of house that you live in, but we could probably rent the house you live in. You wouldn't get mad. We would pay you every month."
Freshman Jamal Ferguson
Freshman Steve Taylor on Defense
Taylor gets a put back with help from #23 Jake Thomas on the old hidden ball trick made famous by the Globetrotters