Following the disappointing trip to New York City a couple weeks back, everyone said Marquette had little room for error in their nonconference schedule going forward. The Golden Eagles took care of business against IUPUI, Houston Baptist, and Western Carolina by an average margin of 31 points.
On Sunday afternoon, Marquette took the court in Athens, Georgia to face an experienced Bulldogs squad. The Golden Eagles, on the back of strong three-point shooting, left Stegeman Coliseum with an 89-79 victory, arguably their second-biggest nonconference win under Steve Wojciechowski.
The Golden Eagles went into the half with a 46-43 lead thanks to eight of the ten three pointers they attempted found the net. The three-point shooting regressed in the second half in a big way (5-19), but Marquette shot 44.8% from long range against a Georgia team who was stingy on three-pointers coming into the game, allowing opponents to shoot just 31%.
Sam Hauser had a season (and career) high 19 points on 7-10 shooting for the Golden Eagles. Jajuan Johnson had 16 and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Markus Howard scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. It was a solid all-around win for the Golden Eagles who have now won four in a row.
For Georgia, Yante Maten and JJ Frazier led the way with 24 and 22, respectively. This is how the Bulldogs generally get their points. It’s unfortunate, because with one more piece to go along with these two, Georgia would be a solid team. So it goes.
The Golden Eagles (6-2) now return to Milwaukee to face the Fresno State Bulldogs on Tuesday night before they welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to the Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon.