“At the end of the day, players have to make plays,” said Marquette’s Jamil Wilson. “No matter who’s on the floor, you have to play as hard as you can.”
Wilson was referring to the fact that only seven Seton Hall players saw action on the floor tonight as five players were unable to make the road trip due to injury. Marquette would feed off Seton Hall’s lack of depth as the Golden Eagles got a huge contribution of 39 points off their bench.
Davante Gardner draws a crowd down low.
Davante Gardner led all scorers with 17 points as he was matched up against fellow 290-pound big man Gene Teague of Seton Hall down low in the post. Gardner continued his superb free-throw shooting going 7 of 8 at the free throw line. Marquette as a team was 24 of 32 from the charity stripe which was a key statistic considering the poor shooting by both teams in the first half.
Marquette’s win over Seton Hall also marked Vander Blue’s first charge in his 88-game career. Blue played the most minutes on Marquette tonight finishing with 11 points and also adding 4 assists. “That was awesome,” said head coach Buzz Williams. “Glad that he finally did it. I don’t think he’s ever tried one. I think he’s one for one. He’s not soft. That was big.”
Trent Lockett had two dunks in first half.
Jamil Wilson also turned in a solid performance adding 10 points and 5 rebounds. Although the final rebounding numbers were even at 31 apiece between the two teams, Wilson emphasized defense and that they have been working particularly in practice on getting clean defensive stops. Marquette was able to take advantage of 17 Seton Hall turnovers and convert 20 points off those turnovers throughout the course of the game.
Jamil Wilson had 10pts and 5 rebs.
“We’re constantly trying to build everyday in practice,” said Wilson. “You learn something everyday whether you win or lose. We still have yet to play a perfect game. As the season goes on you learn more about your team.”
Todd Mayo’s breakout 12-point performance against Seton Hall included a dagger 3-pointer to give Marquette their largest lead of the game at 60-48 with 3:12 remaining which helped the Golden Eagles cruise to victory from that point forward.
Marquette is now on a 6-game winning streak and has improved their mark to 4-0 in Big East play. However, Buzz Williams said post game that he expects every opponent from here on out will give his Golden Eagles a close and competitive game in which nothing will come easy.
“I don’t think we’ll blow out anybody,” said Williams. “We could very easily be 0-4. It’s just the truth. This was a blowout. We won by 7.”
Marquette will travel to play their next game on the road at Cincinnati on Saturday January 19th.