The Marquette Golden Eagles used a big first half to knock off the Morgan State Bears 81-53 on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Golden Eagles limited the Bears to just 17 first half points on their way to a 20-point halftime cushion and went home with the easy win to improve to 8-4 on the season.
Luke Fischer led the way for Marquette with 15 points on 6 of 6 shooting from the floor to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Juan Anderson and JaJuan Johnson also shot the ball very well in the win. Anderson was 6 for 7 from the floor on his way to 14 points while Johnson hit on 6 of 8 field goal attempts to finish with 13 points as well as five assists and four rebounds. Duane Wilson and Sandy Cohen III added 11 points a piece.
Morgan State was led by Cedric Blossom who registered a game-high 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting from the floor and 5 of 6 shooting from the free-throw line. Jamar Redmond added eight points while Donte Pretlow chipped in with five rebounds and four assists.
Matt Carlino played 31 minutes in the win and registered 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting from the field, including 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. He also had a game-high seven assists, two rebounds and a steal.
After a pair of missed shots early in the contest, Carlino got it going with a pair of 3-point shots to help vault the Golden Eagles into an 7-point lead. He followed that up with assists on three straight possessions as Marquette took control midway through the first half. He added another 3-pointer to finish the half with nine points and three assists. Most of his work in the second half came as a facilitator with four assists to go along with one basket on just two attempts.
On the season, Carlino is averaging 12.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line to go along with 4.1 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in nearly 31 minutes a night.
Up next on the schedule for Carlino and Marquette is a trip to face DePaul on Wednesday to start off Big East play.