Cadougan leads Marquette past Panthers

Written by Michael LoCicero

Junior guard Junior Cadougan led Marquette (11-1) with a career-high 15 points and added seven rebounds in the Golden Eagles 64-50 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday night.

Cadougan only had one assist, marking the first time this year that Marquette won when Cadougan had less than four assists in a game he played.

“You look at any team and you try to get other people to make decisions and plays,” Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter said. “It’s not secret of Marquette that Junior’s job is to run the team, and he does a great job of that.

“Tonight we wanted to make him more of a scorer, and he did that,” Jeter said. “He played a nice game.”

Marquette now improves to 39-0 all-time against the Panthers, the second-longest streak in the country behind Syracuse’s 45-game win streak against Colgate.

The loss drops Milwaukee to 9-4 overall, with its four losses all coming on the road to Michigan State, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and now Marquette.

The Golden Eagles held Milwaukee to 26.7 percent shooting, and just 4-of-28 from three-point land.

Panthers senior forward Tony Meier was held to just two points on 0-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-9 from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Ryan Allen had a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds to go along with six blocks to lead Milwaukee.

An announced crowd of 14,917 saw Marquette rebound from a 67-59 loss at LSU on Monday night, despite shooting just 39.3 percent from the field.

Before tonight’s win, Marquette had followed its first loss of the season with a second-straight loss in each of the last two years.

Coach Buzz Williams attributed some of Marquette’s struggles shooting the ball to the team playing three games in five days, and a hectic schedule the last few weeks.

“They say that you should always pay attention to your best two conditioned guys and understand when they’re tired physically,” Williams said. “I think this has been by far our toughest non-conference schedule since we’ve been here.”

Against LSU, Marquette shot 23 threes, and made eight, but the success of this team will not be predicated on the three-point shot.

On Thursday against Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles took just 11 threes, and made two.

Instead of relying on the three, Marquette got to the free throw line 20 times and made 18, while also out-rebounding the Panthers 40-39. Milwaukee did get 19 offensive rebounds, including seven from Allen, but many of them came because of 24 missed 3-pointers.

Redshirt sophomore forward Jamil Wilson was happy the team will now get a break from playing for seven days, and plans to use the time to get healthier and relax.

“I think it is good for everybody throughout our whole program, not just our players,” Wilson said. “I think we absorbed a lot of information over this first semester and these first 12 games, including a loss.

“I think us bouncing back tonight, mentally as much as we could to get this win, because now everybody gets to go home for a couple days and relax with their family, get off their feet and get ready.”

Wilson was impressive again; scoring eight points off the bench and pulled down four offensive rebounds in 24 minutes of play.

Senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom fouled out, but still finished with 12 points and a career-high eight rebounds in 25 minutes.


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