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Jackson State vs. Marquette final score: Golden Eagles cruise to 80-61 victory

Cheatham's 24 points, Ellenson's double-double lead Marquette to easy victory.

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Marquette finally made it look easy.

The Golden Eagles (4-2) scored their first comfortable win of the season against Jackson State (2-5) Sunday, as they cruised to an 80-61 triumph in Milwaukee.

Freshman guard Haanif Cheatham was the scoring star for Marquette, putting up a career-high 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Cheatham also made all four of his 3-point attempts and all six of his free throws en route to posting the highest point total for a Marquette freshman since Dominic James in 2006.

Duane Wilson added 16 points with another volume shooting day. The redshirt sophomore from Milwaukee made 6-of-14 field goals, including 3-of-9 from long distance.

Super freshman Henry Ellenson posted yet another double-double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds on 7-for-11 shooting. In just six games, the highly touted newcomer already has four double-doubles.

Luke Fischer added 11 points and six rebounds. Foul trouble, which has been a problem for Fischer all season, didn't factor into the game at all for the junior center, who committed just two in the game.

Jackson State stayed with Marquette for about 10 minutes, and trailed by only four at the 8:53 mark of the first half. The Tigers were led to that point by Raeford Worsham, who scored 15 first half points and finished with 21 and 13 rebounds.

However, Marquette went on a 9-0 run, and never led by less than eight points for the remainder of the contest. Another run at the beginning of the second half, this time of the 13-4 variety, put the Tigers to bed for good.

Jajuan Johnson played just seven minutes and did not score. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Marquette Reporter Matt Velasquez tweeted that Johnson's grandfather passed away over the holiday break, and Johnson had just returned from Alabama Sunday morning.

Marquette next faces another SWAC opponent, Grambling State, on Wednesday in Milwaukee.