FULLERTON, CAL (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Marquette men's basketball team pounded Cal State-Fullerton 86-to-66 yesterday in the quarter-finals of the Wooden Legacy tournament in southern California.
The Golden Eagles led by 13 at the break, and they pulled away with an 18-6 run to start the second half. Jamil Wilson scored a career-high 24 points -- and he only needed the first half to surpass his previous high of 19. Wilson also had nine rebounds and four assists as the 25th-ranked Golden Eagles improved to 4-and-2. They'll play unbeaten George Washington this afternoon in the semi-finals.
Wilson said Marquette has picked up the pace as they're trying to find out quote, "who we are as a group." Davante Gardner and Jajuan Johnson each had 18 points for the Eagles.
Michael Williams led Cal State-Fullerton with 16 points, but he only made 5-of-14 from the floor. The Titans dropped to 2-and-4, as they were out-rebounded 40-to-20.
The U-W Green Bay men rallied in the second half last night to beat Pepperdine 97-to-89 at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. Five Phoenix players scored in double figures, led by Keifer Sykes with 23 points.
Green Bay took a one-point lead at the intermission. They pulled away with a 9-0 run in the second half, and led by as many as 17 before Pepperdine tried catching up by fouling. Green Bay made 17-of-18 free throws in the final two minutes.
Sykes was a perfect 12-of-12 from the line. Alec Brown added 21 for the Phoenix, who improved to 3-and-1. Brendan Lane scored 26 for Pepperdine, which dropped to 4-and-2.
Green Bay will play Harvard at 11 o'clock tonight in the Shootout semi-finals. Harvard defeated Denver last night, 68-to-60.