Saturday , Dec , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Golden Eagles get back to work against Tigers

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The 18th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles
continue to prepare for what promises to be a tough Big East slate as they
take on Savannah State this afternoon.

The Tigers have 17 games under their belt already, truly remarkable
considering the fact that we haven’t even reached January yet. Unfortunately,
they own a disappointing 6-11 record and have lost 11 of their last 12 outings
since a 5-0 start to the campaign. Savannah State, which is winless in seven
true road games, is coming off a 58-46 home loss to Stetson University.

Marquette, on the other hand, has won its last three games to improve to 12-2
overall, and nine of the wins have come at home. The Golden Eagles have been
idle since last Friday when they cruised to a 77-57 decision over Morgan

Marquette crushed Savannah State by a score of 79-41 in the only
previous meeting between teams back in 2003.

Savannah State has failed to score more than 60 points in nine consecutive
outings, and the club has been held below 50 points five times during that
span. The Tigers are averaging a lowly 55.8 ppg on 39.6 percent shooting from
the floor, overshadowing the fact that they are limiting opponents to 63.8
ppg. The team has had a hard time holding on to the ball, as it is averaging
20 turnovers per contest. Javon Randolph is the top offensive performer for
Savannah State, as he is netting 14.4 ppg. Unfortunately, there isn’t another
double-digit scorer in the lineup. In the 12-point loss to Stetson, Lazarius
Coleman scored 12 points for the Tigers on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team combined for just 34 points on 10-of-34
efficiency from the floor.

Dominic James is considered to be Marquette’s best player, and the young guard
certainly has the ability to take over a game at the offensive end. James is
averaging 16.6 ppg this season, and he is dishing out 4.4 apg as well. Jerel
McNeal is a tremendous second scorer, as he is posting 15.1 ppg to go along
with his stellar total of 50 steals. The third and final double-digit scorer
in the lineup is Wesley Matthews with his 10.8 ppg. The Golden Eagles are
scoring 74.4 ppg this season while limiting opponents to 59.9 ppg. In the 20-
point win over Morgan State last time out, McNeal exploded for 25 points,
seven assists and four steals, overshadowing a lackluster effort by James that
saw him post almost as many turnovers (six) as points (seven). Marquette shot
54.7 percent from the field in that contest and limited Morgan State to 35.2