MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) The Marquette men’s basketball team survived a scare from Southeastern Louisiana last night, before rallying late to beat the Lions at home, 64-to-53. The Louisiana team lost by 40 to the Wisconsin Badgers last Sunday – but the Lions were within two points of Marquette with six minutes to play.
Center Davante Gardner made two inside shots to put the Eagles up by six with 3:16 left. Marquette then ramped up its defensive pressure the rest of the way. Gardner led the Eagles with 18 points and six rebounds, and Chris Otule added 10 from the post.
Coach Buzz Williams said he’s never had a Marquette team that scored 28 points from the center position. And that’s fortunate for the Eagles, because they have a problem shooting from the outside. Marquette only shot 33-percent in the first half last night, and they hit 22-of-52 for the game for 42-percent.
Southeastern Louisiana stayed in the game despite its own poor shooting. They only shot 35-percent from the floor, and were out-rebounded 39-30. Jeffrey Ricard scored 11 for the Lions, who fell to 0-and-2.
Marquette’s next game is on Monday in Hawaii, when they’ll play Butler in the Maui Invitational.