Dec. 06. 2016
MU holds on to down Fresno State, 84-81
MILWAUKEE - Marquette held off Fresno State, 84-81, on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center after surrendering what was once a 22-point first half lead.
Freshman Sam Hauser poured in a career-high 19 points for the second game in a row as the Golden Eagles (7-2) won their fifth-straight game. Senior Luke Fischer also added 18 points and five rebounds, while Jajuan Johnson had 14 points and Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey each had 10.
Terrell Carter II had a career-best 21 points to lead the Bulldogs (5-3), who outscored MU 53-37 over the final 20 minutes to make things close.
Carter II's basket with 24 seconds remaining pulled FSU within a pair, 80-78, but two free throws apiece from Hauser and Johnson put MU up six before Jaron Hopkins added a final 3-pointer with time expiring.
Marquette continued its stretch of hot first half starts by racing out to a 47-28 lead at the break and shooting 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the floor, including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from 3-point range. MU has now topped 50-percent field goal shooting in the first half of its last five contests and is 68.8 percent (22-of-32) from deep in the first half of the last three games.
The Golden Eagles return to action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center against in-state rival Wisconsin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in a game broadcast live on FS1.