Final Score: Marquette 71, Samford 48

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The Golden Eagles pulled away in the second half to blow out the Bulldogs.

Marquette (8-5) finished off the non-conference portion of its schedule in style Saturday, with a 71-48 win over Samford (5-9) at the Al McGuire Center.

A pair of freshman led the way for the Golden Eagles. Memphis native Jajuan Johnson had 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including two three pointers. Local product Deonte Burton scored 13 points and converted four of his seven field goal attempts. He produced a highlight reel dunk with eight minutes to go in the game, crushing a massive one-handed slam over Samford's Emeka Ikezu.

Four Marquette players finished the game in double figures scoring, all of them reserves. Todd Mayo, Batman-like nose mask and all, finished with 13 points and Davante Gardner added 10. Marquette's starting backcourt, Derrick Wilson and Jake Thomas, produced solidly as well. Wilson had four points, three assists and a team-high nine rebounds, and Thomas scored six points, pulled down five boards and dished out four assists.

Jamil Wilson, perhaps Marquette's most complete player, injured his knee attempting to dunk early in the first half. He subbed out a few possessions later, and didn't return. The injury is not believed to be serious. Marquette next takes on Creighton in Omaha, Neb. in the night cap of the Big East New Year's Eve special.

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