MILWAUKEE - Dominic James scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures and 13th-ranked Marquette shot 54.1 percent from the field in a 100-65 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Friday night at the Bradley Center.
The Golden Eagles (5-1) made 8-of-17 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes and then went inside to make 21-of-31 from inside the arc in the second half.
Ricky Franklin scored 14 points and Deion James added 10 for Milwaukee (3-4), which shot just 32.3 percent from the field in the second half as the deficit grew steadily.
The Panthers could never get either of their top-two scorers on track in the game. Torre Johnson was in foul trouble much of the game and played just 16 minutes. Meanwhile, Paige Paulsen scored just four points in 29 minutes, getting only seven shots from the field.
"They did a very good job of getting into our guys defensively," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "Paige had a smaller guy on him in Wesley Matthews, but he has been playing the three for us and has faced smaller guys. Certainly with Torre, he is our leading scorer and not having him out there effects what we will do offensively. But, I just thought it was a good solid defensive effort by Marquette."
The Golden Eagles used a 14-1 run burst to take control of the game late in thefirst half. The Panthers were in it until then, with the game tied at 13 at the 12:30 mark. UWM was still within 18-17 after a Tim Flowers free throw with 11:39 remaining before Marquette launched its first run. The Golden Eagles scored 11 of the next 12 points to build a 29-18 lead with just under eight minutes remaining.
UWM struck back, though. Deion James hit a pair of threes to pull Milwaukee
within 34-28 and a Kaylan Anderson free throw made it 34-29 with 4:50
remaining. But, the Golden Eagles exploded from there, as two-straight threes
by Jerel McNeal along with a three from David Cubillan gave Marquette a 48-30
edge with just under two minutes left. UWM trimmed a single point off the lead
before the half, with Marquette leading 50-33 at the break.
Marquette then expanded its lead to 25 points in the first three minutes of the second half and remained in control the rest of the way.
"Does it hurt? Absolutely, because we didn't play sound-enough basketball," Jeter said. "I can take away some positives. We had some guards step up and play well. We had only 14 turnovers, and nine of those came in the second half when we had a young group out there and things were getting away from us."
The Panthers will return to action Thursday night, beginning Horizon League play at UIC. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live in Milwaukee on Time Warner Sports.
- UWM Media Relations