Tuesday , Dec , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Golden Eagles seek quick turnaround against Hornets

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The 17th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles are
coming off a shocking defeat, but they have an excellent opportunity to add a
win to their resume as they host the Delaware State Hornets today in a non-
conference clash.

Delaware State opened the season with a home victory on November 11th, and the
team has not played another home game since. In fact, the next contest at
Memorial Hall for the Hornets will take place on January 13th. They are just
2-6 overall and are coming off an ugly 62-40 loss to Purdue on Saturday.

Marquette was also in action on Saturday, and it suffered a 64-60 loss to
North Dakota State in the championship game of the Blue and Gold Classic, a
four-team tournament hosted by the Golden Eagles. They had won eight straight
to open the season prior to that setback, including double-digit wins over
the likes of Duke and Texas Tech.

Marquette has won both of its previous series meetings with Delaware State.

Heading into Saturday’s game against Purdue, Delaware State was averaging only
54.8 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting from the floor while allowing 64.7 ppg to
its opponents on 51.5 percent shooting. Jahsha Bluntt carried an average of
14.9 ppg into that contest, and Roy Bright was contributing 12.4 ppg. The
Hornets went without a field goal for a 10-minute span in the first half and
finished with only 40 points against the Boilermakers. Bright tallied 18
points in that clash on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor, but the rest of his
teammates combined to post only 22 points on 8-of-36 shooting. Bluntt managed
eight points for Delaware State, which connected on 27.1 percent of its field
goal attempts and turned the ball over 17 times.

Marquette shot 10-of-35 from the floor in the first half against North Dakota
State and trailed by four points at intermission. Despite improving to 43.8
percent shooting efficiency over the final 20 minutes, the Golden Eagles were
unable to knock off their underdog opponents. Marquette’s only lead of the
game was at 3-2, and they trailed the rest of the way. Jerel McNeal was the
only double-digit scorer in defeat, as he tallied 16 points. Standout guard
Dominic James was limited to eight points, but he continues to pace the Golden
Eagles with an average of 17.4 ppg. McNeal adds 13.7 ppg to the mix, and
Wesley Matthews supplies some balance with 11.7 ppg. Marquette is scoring 76.1
ppg while limiting its opponents to 61.8 ppg.