It was a team scoring effort as four Marquette players reached double-figures in the points column. Vander Blue followed up his impressive offensive performance against Wisconsin last Saturday by scoring 14 points this afternoon. Davante Gardner also added 14 points scoring 12 in the second half which propelled Marquette to victory. Junior Cadougan finished with 11 points and freshman Steve Taylor chipped in a career-high 10 points and 6 rebounds as well.
Davante Gardner with 14pts/6Rebs in 16min
Savannah State actually out shot Marquette going 42% from the field compared to 41% posted by the Golden Eagles, but Marquette got to free-throw 32 times converting 24 of those foul shots which proved to be the difference in the game. Marquette struggled to shoot the ball especially from long distance, but when they drove the ball and got it down low, the Golden Eagles were quite effective and tough to stop. Marquette's 40 of 71 points in the paint.
Savannah State's Rashad Hassan led the Tigers with 14 points and Arnold Louis posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Marquette out rebounded the undersized Savannah State team convincingly 41-23 as the Tigers' tallest player listed was a 6'8" forward.
It was also announced today Marquette's decision and unanimous vote to leave the Big East Conference along with six other colleges and universities that include DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova. These schools will now explore their options to develop a new premier athletics conference together centered on basketball.
Marquette University president Scott R. Pilarz S.J. released a statement: "This move will allow us to enhance to the elite status of our men's basketball program, while developing new opportunities for student-athletes in all 16 of our competitive athletic programs."
Marquette will travel to UW-Green Bay on Wednesday to face the Phoenix at 7 p.m. at the Kress Center. UWGB boasts a 4-6 record heading into the game and the highly touted potential NBA prospect 7'1" Alec Brown will be a player to watch. After today's win, Marquette is now 7-2 and things seem to be starting to click as the team is approaching conference play within the next few weeks.