MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) The Marquette men’s basketball team beat Colgate at home yesterday, 84-to-63. It was the Golden Eagles’ season opener, after their matchup against Ohio State was canceled on Friday night due to heavy floor condensation aboard the U-S-S Yorktown aircraft carrier.
Marquette was up by 11 at the half. And the Eagles out-scored the Raiders by 10 in the second half, despite being out-rebounded for the game 39-34. The Eagles had 14 rebounds, something coach Buzz Williams said he was pleased with. Marquette out-shot the Raiders 48-to-39 percent. And Colgate committed 18 turnovers, to just eight for the Golden Eagles.
Jamil Wilson led Marquette with 15 points. Chris Otule had 11 points in his first game for the Eagles in 11 months, after he had knee surgery. Senior Murphy Burnatowski scored a career-high 24 points with 12 rebounds for Colgate, which fell to 0-and-2.
Marquette has now won 12 straight regular season openers. They’ll host Southeastern Louisiana tomorrow night. The Wisconsin men crushed Southeastern Louisiana 87-to-47 in their season opener yesterday in Madison. Badgers’ forward Mike Bruesewitz – who was not expected to return until Wednesday night at Florida – had 10 points in 13 minutes after coming off surgery for a serious lower right leg cut. The senior Bruesewitz went 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also added three rebounds.
Wisconsin scored the first 19 points of the game and cruised from there. Jared Berggren led the 23rd-ranked Badgers with 19 points, and Ben Brust added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Southeastern Louisiana did not score for the first seven minutes and 21 seconds. Dre Evans led the Louisiana school with 13 points, and Roosevelt Johnson had nine.
Before the game, the Badgers said junior forward Duje Dukan will sit out the season with a red-shirt. He missed a month of pre-season conditioning, after he came down with mononucleosis in September.