Junior forward Jamil Wilson led the Golden Eagles with 15 points and noted that the team’s 23 total assists was an encouraging number.
“You win the big games when everyone gets involved,” said Wilson.
Equally important were point guards Junior Cadougan and Derrick Wilson taking caring of the ball and not committing a single turnover in the contest. Marquette forced 18 turnovers defensively which led to outscoring Colgate 22 to 4 on points off turnovers.
Perhaps one of the best all-around performances of the game was Trent Lockett’s 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in his first game in a Marquette uniform. Head coach Buzz Williams was very pleased with Lockett’s hustle, which he calls “favor plays.”
“I think as time goes on, he’s going to be a guy that’s really hard for us to get off the floor,” said Williams. “Plays really hard. Extremely intelligent. Plays within himself, is never going to get out of whack and is a great teammate. I anticipate that he will have a huge role on the team.”
Originally scheduled to play Ohio State in the Carrier Classic in Charleson, S.C. aboard
the USS Yorktown on Friday, issues of condensation forced game officials to rule it a “no contest.”
Wilson also admitted that the team had some jitters heading into the first game which allowed Colgate to get some open looks in the first half. Colgate also out rebounded Marquette 39-37 in the game, but the Golden Eagles had a 21-10 advantage on second chance points.
“I think guys are just pretty excited to play and once we got that out of the way, we were pretty solid,” said Wilson.
Juan Anderson saw his first extended action of his Marquette career after not playing much as a freshman and having a nagging shoulder surgery limit him during his sophomore season. Anderson led the team with 9 rebounds and also added 9 points in his 21 minutes of playing time.
“It was tough sitting out after surgery,” said Anderson. “I had a bunch of jitters going out there, but I loosened up after a while. I feel like I can pick up a rhythm. Last year, I didn’t catch a chance to catch a rhythm. I didn’t really know what I was doing too much last year. But now being a little more experienced, it will come a lot easier.”
Marquette’s big men Davante Gardner and Chris Otule were both very effective scoring in double digits with 14 and 11 points respectively.
Freshman Jamal Ferguson scored 4 pts in 8min of action vs Colgate.
Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Colgate’s 28 of 54 attempted shots were from three-point territory which was good for just 32% in the loss.
Marquette will next face Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday at 8pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Southeastern Louisiana recently fell to the Wisconsin Badgers 87-47.