Marquette runs past UMBC 79-46

Jake Thomas and Junior Cadougan sparked a 35-2 run in the second half as Marquette downed UMBC to move to 5-1. (Photo by A. Martina Ibanez-Baldor)

Down 31-30 with 16:52 left in the second half and playing without injured starter Vander Blue, it looked as if Marquette would be in for a fight against lowly Maryland-Baltimore County after a 2-1 trip to Maui.

Ten minutes and one 37-5 run later, there was no doubt as to the outcome of this one as the Golden Eagles suffocated a poor-shooting Retriever team and cruised to a 79-46 victory to move to 5-1 on the season.

Jamil Wilson continued his torrid play to lead all scorers  with 15 points on 7-8 shooting and six rebounds to boot. Jake Thomas filled in for the injured Blue with his best offensive game in a Marquette uniform, finishing with 12 points.

“Right when I got subbed in I just told Junior (Cadougan) we got to take good shots, easy shots,” Thomas said. “I think we were too passive in the first half, that’s why we didn’t score as well. We attacked and looked for the first open shot (in the second half).

“Everyone just tells me to shoot. I’m starting to feel more comfortable. When I have tat open look I have to take it.”

Marquette once again abused its interior size advantage outrebounding UMBC by 14 and scoring 44 points in the paint. Davante Gardner contributed 13 points and notched a career high five steals.

For the Retrievers, Brett Roseboro returned to Marquette for the first time since transferring four years ago but was unable to make much of an impact, fouling out after scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds.

Marquette opened the game as it had in its first two home games, lethargically and out of focus, causing Williams to call for a full line change with Marquette down 9-7.

Coach Buzz Williams had a few theories for the sluggish start, noting Monday is the most difficult academic day for his players.

“Long way back, time change, first day in school in a long time, Monday’s are bad days for our kids academically,” he noted. “From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. there is no time where we can get together as a team, so we had five kids at shoot-around at noon and five at 2 p.m.”

Marquette’s bench five (Jamal Ferguson, Derrick Williams, Jake Thomas, Steve Taylor and Davante Gardner) proceeded to mount a 12-4 run in the next four minutes and it seemed as if the game was under control.

After a Thomas three-pointer made it 19-13, Marquette would go on a scoring drought for the next 6:24, allowing UMBC to pull to within one. The drought was finally ended with a D. Wilson free throw and followed by J. Wilson basket.     Marquette would hold on to the four point advantage to lead 28-24 at the half.

“Buzz just came in the locker room and told us everybody’s watching us and everyone is watching this game so play like us and get it done,” Steve Talor noted.

The second half was all Marquette transformed the one point deficit into a 33 point rout. UMBC shot 29 percent from the field in the half and was only 1-10 from beyond the arc.

Although he was held scoreless, Junior Cadougan made is presence felt elsewhere dishing out eight assists and pulling down six rebounds.

“I really like how Junior’s playing,” Williams said. “I think there’s more comfort with our team when Junior’s on the floor offensively… he didn’t  make a shot but he did a lot of good things other than that. He’s in a really good mode. His conditioning, his spirit, his mind and that’s good for our team”

Marquette would finish with 28 assists on 31 made baskets and shot 53.4 percent from the field.

The Golden Eagles will now travel to Gainesville to take on No. 7 Florida on Thursday.

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