Marquette befuddles Delaware State
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Jerel McNeal led a balanced Marquette attack with 16 points, as the 17th-ranked Golden Eagles soared to a 65-48 win over Delaware State.
Wesley Matthews tallied 15 points, while Dominic James and Dan Fitzgerald each scored 13 for Marquette (9-1), which rebounded nicely from a shocking 64-60 loss to North Dakota State in the championship game of the Pepsi Blue and Gold Classic Saturday.
Marquette coach Tom Crean picked up his 150th career win (150-77).
Roy Bright had 16 points to pace Delaware State (3-6), which has lost three in a row. Jahsha Bluntt and Darrin Shine each tallied 12 points in the losing effort.
A jumper by James capped seven straight points by the Golden Eagles for a 14-9 lead. Matthews' free throw widened the margin to 32-22 with 1:57 left in the opening half, and Marquette led 32-24 going into the break.
Bluntt's two foul shots had Delaware State within 44-35 with 14:35 remaining, but Marquette blew it open with an ensuing 14-2 spurt. McNeal had the final four points, and his jumper made it 58-37 with 9:13 left.
Marquette held Delaware State without a field goal for 8:55 in the second half. Marquette outscored Delaware State 20-7 during that stretch.
Delaware State lost to Purdue on Saturday and is in the midst of playing 14 games away from home...Marquette shot 50 percent from the field, compared to 34.8 percent for the Hornets...Marquette went 9-of-14 from three-point range, compared to 5-of-21 for the Hornets...Delaware State's 12 points in the paint were a season low for a Marquette opponent.
12/05 23:53:05 ET