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Marquette 88, Lewis 40

MILWAUKEE The Marquette men's basketball team wrapped up its non-conference slate with an 88-40 victory of Lewis at the Bradley Center. Freshman Dominic James led all scorers with career high tying 22 points and freshman Wesley Matthews grabbed a career best 13 rebounds helping the Golden Eagles improve to 10-3 on the season, while the Flyers fall to 7-4.

“Our team built its confidence in the second half. We played great defense, especially in the second,” said head coach Tom Crean. “There were many positives in this game, including Wesley Matthews rebounding high, and Dominic's overall play with his 22 points and seven assists.”

Along with James, who also contributed five rebounds and a team high seven assists, three additional Golden Eagles scored in double figures. Senior Steve Novak tallied 14, and senior Joe Chapman and freshman Jerel McNeal each added 11 points. The Golden Eagles shot 52.2 percent for the game (36-of-69) while the Flyers made just 15 of their total 65 attempts (23.1 percent) and committed 19 turnovers.

Stephan Bolt led Lewis with nine points and 10 rebounds and John Loeffelholz contributed eight points and five rebounds.

Seven of Matthew's 13 rebounds came in the first half along with five assists. Collectively, the Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Flyers, 53-33.

“This is definitely a game that we wanted to come back after the break and be fresh,” said James. “We treated this game as a good preparation for our first BIG EAST game against UConn. Regardless of who we are playing next week, this was a good game to tonight helping up to improve our focus and overall execution. This game will definitely help us to prepare for what we have been looking forward to; UConn.”

Marquette held the Flyers to just 21 second half points while shooting over 63 percent in the second half.

“We had some good basketball from a lot of guys again tonight,” added Crean. “This team has been able to learn in every situation, and without question we did that tonight in the second half. You can' t get too high after a win or too low after a loss, but this is a great way to go into our inaugural season in the BIG EAST.”

Marquette will open BIG EAST Conference play when it hosts Connecticut in its first contest of the New Year on Tuesday, January 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Center.

Marquette vs. Lewis -- GAME NOTES

  • Freshman Wesley Matthews recorded a career best 13 rebounds.
  • Marquette set a season high with 26 assists, led by seven from freshman Dominic James. It was MU's third game of the season and second in a row with three players recording four or more assists.
  • James tied a career high with 22 points.
  • Marquette's 53 rebounds were a season high.
  • Four players scored 10 or more points for the sixth time this season.
  • Marquette is 7-0 when freshman Jerel McNeal scores 10 or more points.
  • It was the third time this season that Marquette has held an opponent to 48 points or fewer.
  • The win marked the Golden Eagles' first four game win streak of the season.

Official Basketball Box Score

Lewis vs Marquette
12/28/05 7 p.m. at Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)

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VISITORS: Lewis 7-4
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
33 BOLT, Stephan....... f  4-11   0-0    1-2    4  6 10   2   9  0  1  1  1  29
40 LOEFFELHOLZ, John... c  2-5    0-0    4-4    3  2  5   1   8  0  0  1  0  26
12 HUNTER, Branden..... g  2-7    1-5    0-0    1  1  2   0   5  1  0  1  0  21
14 MONAGHAN, Pat....... g  1-16   0-9    2-2    2  1  3   1   4  3  3  0  0  32
23 PATTERSON, Kendall.. g  1-6    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   1   2  1  2  0  0  22
04 BOGUE, Matt.........    1-2    1-2    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  1  3  0  0   7
20 SHARP, Ryan.........    0-2    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  2  1  0  0   6
22 CARTER, Brian.......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   3
24 DAGANS, Brandon.....    1-4    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   3   2  2  7  0  3  18
30 MARION, Bruno.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   3
32 SCOTT, Marcus.......    1-4    1-3    0-0    0  0  0   1   3  1  1  0  1  14
44 WARFIELD, Dustin....    1-6    0-4    0-0    0  4  4   1   2  0  1  0  2  19
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   15-65   3-25   7-8   15 18 33  12  40 11 19  3  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-30 23.3%   2nd Half:  8-35 22.9%   Game: 23.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-13  7.7%   2nd Half:  2-12 16.7%   Game: 12.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half:  3-4  75.0%   Game: 87.5%    0

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HOME TEAM: Marquette 10-3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
20 NOVAK, Steve........ f  6-11   2-6    0-0    0  3  3   0  14  1  2  0  1  26
32 CHAPMAN, Joe........ f  5-9    1-1    0-0    1  6  7   3  11  6  1  0  1  28
01 JAMES, Dominic...... g  7-12   3-6    5-7    1  4  5   1  22  7  1  0  1  30
22 McNEAL, Jerel....... g  5-9    1-1    0-0    2  4  6   0  11  2  5  1  0  26
23 MATTHEWS, Wesley.... g  1-9    0-3    0-0    5  8 13   3   2  5  2  0  1  30
05 FITZGERALD, Dan.....    2-4    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   3   5  4  3  0  0  16
10 BRICE, Tommy........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
12 BURKE, Dwight.......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   6
33 GRIMM, Chris........    2-2    0-0    0-1    1  2  3   0   4  0  0  0  0   4
40 KINSELLA, Mike......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  0  2  0  1   3
41 BARRO, Ousmane......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  0  1  0  1   6
43 AMOROSO, Ryan.......    3-8    1-1    2-2    4  3  7   1   9  1  0  0  0  15
51 LOTT, Jamil.........    3-3    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   0   6  0  0  0  2   9
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   36-69   9-20   7-10  17 36 53  12  88 26 17  1  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-36 41.7%   2nd Half: 21-33 63.6%   Game: 52.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-11 27.3%   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 45.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  7-10 70.0%   Game: 70.0%    1

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Officials: Frank Scagliotta, Gary Prager, John Gaffney
Technical fouls: Lewis-None. Marquette-None.
Attendance: 12621
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Lewis.........................   19   21  -   40
Marquette.....................   33   55  -   88
LEWIS 29.4 OR% 51.4 DR%
MARQ  48.6 OR% 70.6 DR%

Points in the paint-LEWIS 22,MARQ 44. Points off turnovers-LEWIS 12,MARQ 24.
2nd chance points-LEWIS 8,MARQ 12. Fast break points-LEWIS 4,MARQ 17.
Bench points-LEWIS 12,MARQ 28. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-LEWIS 2nd-00:01, MARQ 2nd-00:14.
Largest lead-LEWIS None, MARQ by 50 2nd-00:14.

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