The Marquette men will play Southern California this afternoon for fifth-place among the eight teams at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. The Golden Eagles evened their tournament record at 1-and-1 with an 89-to-62 rout of Mississippi State.
Marquette never trailed, and they led by as many as 24 with about 10 minutes to go. Four Golden Eagles scored in double figures, led by Vander Blue with 18. Marquette also had eight blocked shots and 14 steals against a Mississippi State team that dressed only eight players due to injuries and suspensions.
Fred Thomas scored 17 for the Bulldogs, which fell to 1-and-3 overall. Marquette and U-S-C are both 3-and-1 as they enter their tournament finale.
The Trojans are led by former Marquette coach Kevin O’Neill. The game begins at four this afternoon.
The U-W Green Bay men lost at Idaho 72-to-62 last night. The Phoenix were playing their fourth game in five days, and it didn’t take long for the fatigue to set in.
Green Bay center Alec Brown picked up his second foul less than four minutes into the game. Idaho then went on a 10-nothing run, and the Phoenix never recovered.
They were out-shot 55-to-42 percent, and were outrebounded 34-27. Stephen Madison scored 19 for Idaho, which won its first game of the season against two losses.
Brennan Cougill scored 19 for Green Bay, which fell to 2-and-3 on the young season. They’ll host North Dakota State on Saturday night.
Tonight, the Wisconsin women are at home to play Washington.