Marquette scored over 100 points for the first time this season with a 102-77 victory over the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils (if that isn't the longest team name in sports, it's gotta be pretty close). MVSU hung around in the first half of this game, but MU's offense proved to be too much.
Tuesday's beat-down on MVSU (forgive me for not typing out their entire name) turned out to be a monster shooting night for the golden eagles. DJO broke out of his shooting slump by going 5-7 from long range; Jae Crowder went 3-4 from the perimeter as well. Overall we shot 50% from the field and 84% from the charity stripe, very solid offensive night overall. Marquette was evenly matched on the boards (35 for each team, 11 Off. boards for MVSU vs. MU's 10), but they won the turnover battle 15-11. MU's players also kept MVSU out of the double bonus by only committing 15 fouls.
The only real bad news of the night was that Reggie Smith and Junior Cadougan did not suit up for the golden eagles, as both have been ill. Cadougan could have played but was kept out as a precautionary measure. Smith, on the other hand, has had mono-like symptoms and is likely out until after the game against West Virginia. Hopefully Junior will be ready to go against Vandy and Smith will be back for the other 17 conference games. Luckily MU has added depth this year so this doesn't sting as bad as it would've last year, but it hurts us nonetheless.
Marquette's final non-conference match-up of the season is at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, December 29. This is Marquette's final chance to win a statement game in non-conference play, a win here would be a huge confidence boost going into January. Check back here early in the week for a preview of the game.