Five players scored in double figures on Tuesday night as the Marquette Golden Eagles soared to a 104-79 victory over the IUPUI Jaguars.
The win, which propelled Marquette to 3-2 on the young season, snaps their two-game losing streak and props them back over the .500 mark in the process. The victory also marked their second such at home this year and was the first time they hit the 100-point mark since dropping 101 vs. St. John’s in last year’s Big East Conference Tournament.
Sophomore guard Haanif Cheatham led all scorers with 22 points but it was his fellow guard who may have had the best all-around game of the night. Junior guard Duane Wilson dropped a season-high 13 points on the night and did so with brilliant efficiency. The Milwaukee native made five of his six field goal attempts and went 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and 3-for-3 on 2-point attempts. Wilson also chipped in six assists and three steals, which both were season-high marks as well.
Four of the five players who scored in double figures for the Golden Eagles came off the bench. Wilson, alongside Katin Reinhardt, JaJuan Johnson and Luke Fischer all played complementary roles on Tuesday night and did so with great effectiveness. Reinhardt, who had been a black hole offensively, finally broke out as he scored 16 points and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Johnson and Fischer, meanwhile, added 11 and 14 points respectively and went a combined 11-for-13 from the field. Fischer himself went 6-for-6 from the field on his 2-point attempts.
MU blazed the trail offensively as they scored a gaudy 1.33 points per possession on 78 possessions on the night. Their TO% was kept to a minimum as they coughed it up at a rate of just 16.7 percent on those 78 possessions accounted for.
The Golden Eagles will now pivot their attention to incoming Houston Baptist who travels to Milwaukee for a Saturday evening tilt. Marquette, as you might expect, is favored to win that matchup on KenPom.com.