Milwaukee, Wi (WSAU) The Marquette men's basketball team improved to 2-and-0 last night with a 99-to-68 pounding of Norfolk State at the Bradley Center. The 21st-ranked Golden Eagles never trailed, and they led by double-digits throughout the second half. Norfolk got to within 12 with just over seven minutes -- and Marquette then scored the next 19 points.
Norfolk State's best player, center Kyle O'Quinn, fouled out midway through the second half. Chris McEachin tied a career-high with 19 points for Norfolk State, which was playing its season opener.
Jae Crowder led Marquette with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Johnson-Odom added 24. Officially, it was the first game of the Paradise Jam tournament. The Eagles will now travel to the Virgin Islands for the next two games of that event. They'll play Winthrop on Friday night. Tonight, the Marquette women will play Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The U-W Milwaukee men just got by Northern Illinois 59-to-57 last night in DeKalb. The Panthers were up by six with 20 seconds left, but Northern Illinois scored five straight points to get to within one. Paris Gulley then made a free throw to put U-W-M up by two. And Antone Christian missed a half-court shot for the Huskies as the final horn sounded.
Both teams struggled with their shooting, as Milwaukee hit just 36-point-four percent and Northern Illinois 37-percent. James Haarsma led the Panthers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ten players scored for Northern Illinois, and Tim Toler led the wa with it. The Huskies dropped to 0-and-2, while Milwaukee improved to 2-and-0. The Panthers are back home on Friday night against Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis.