Saturday , Nov , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Birds of prey meet in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The 16th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles of the
Big East Conference welcome the Eastern Michigan Eagles of the Mid-American
Conference to the Bradley Center for an early-season contest.

Eastern Michigan opened its season by taking part in the John Thompson
Challenge, and the squad lost two of its three games at the event. Most
recently, the Eagles dropped a lopsided 80-51 decision to Michigan, the host
team. Only two starters are back from last season’s EMU squad that finished
7-21 overall.

As for Marquette, it won 10 Big East games in its inaugural season last year,
and that effort marked the best debut by any team in the history of the
league. The Golden Eagles have won their first three games this season, all of
which have taken place at home. On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles advanced to the
semifinal round of the CBE Classic with an 87-45 triumph over Detroit.

Marquette won the only previous meeting with Eastern Michigan.

Eastern Michigan put forth a miserable effort in the lopsided loss to Michigan
last time out. The Eagles scored just 51 points in the contest, and 15 of
those came on free throws. They connected on just 32.7 percent of their field
goal attempts, including a 4-of-18 effort from three-point range, and they
also turned the ball over 20 times. Devon Dumes led the way offensively for
EMU with 14 points off the bench. The only other double-digit scorer for the
Eagles was Kyle Dodd, as he tallied 10 points. Through three outings, the
Eagles are scoring 68.0 ppg while surrendering 76.7 ppg. They are being
outrebounded by 8.3 rpg and are shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. Carlos
Medlock leads the team with 14.7 ppg, but his 32.5 percent efficiency from the
field leaves much to be desired.

Dominic James is considered Marquette’s top player, as he averaged 16.4 ppg
against Big East competition last year. Keep in mind that there was little
debate that the Big East was the toughest conference in the nation in 2005-06.
James scored 20 points to go along with five assists and four steals in the
victory over Detroit last time out. He got plenty of help from Wesley
Matthews, who tallied 15 points to go with his team-high eight rebounds. Lazar
Hayward pitched in 14 points off the bench, and David Cubillan rounded out the
double-digit scorers for the Golden Eagles with 10 points. Marquette shot 55.2
percent from the floor in the clash, including a 10-of-19 effort from three-
point range. The club also forced 27 turnovers and limited Detroit to 38.6
percent shooting.