Ga. — Coach Steve Wojciechowski challenged Jajaun
Johnson at halftime to stop playing timidly and give
Marquette a better effort.
got a little mad, and when I get mad I play
better," Johnson said. "When he got on me,
it just clicked."
Sam Hauser scored a career-high 19 points, Johnson
added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Marquette had
little trouble beating Georgia 89-79 on Sunday.
Howard finished with 15 points as the Golden Eagles
(6-2) won their fourth straight game.
Maten had 24 points and J.J. Frazier 20 for Georgia
a 3-minute, 30-second stretch early in the second
half, Johnson hit a 3, had three steals, a tip-in, a
dunk, hit two free throws and grabbed a rebound.
he plays with the kind of effort and energy that he
did at the start of the second half, he can impact the
game in a lot of ways," Wojciechowski said.
"That was another sign of it to start the second
half. He really was all over the place, which was good
Coliseum, which seats 10,523, was about two-thirds
full, a decent-sized crowd for a building that's
rarely charged with atmosphere in December.
by 16 with 14:27 remaining, the Bulldogs made a run to
get excited the crowd with seven minutes to go,
cutting the lead to two on William Jackson's 3 and two
Howard hit a 3 at the 4:29 mark put Marquette up by 13
and Georgia never threatened again.
defense," Johnson said. "They all came from
steals. We knew they were going to make a run. We just
had to stay together when it got tough.
hit its first six 3s and eight of its first nine as
Duane Wilson made it 25-15 with 11 minutes left in the
first half to give the Golden Eagles' their first
cut the lead to three before intermission, but coach
Mark Fox called time out at the 16:43 mark of the
second with the Golden Eagles back again leading by
3 with 15:47 remaining made Marquette 11 of 15 beyond
the arc and pushed the lead to 14.
big lineup couldn't cover them, so we played small
most of the day in an effort to try to slow the
3-point shooting, which I don't think we really ever
did," Fox said. "We didn't do the dirty work
Won despite a rare unproductive game from G Haanif
Cheatham, the Golden Eagles' third-leading scorer and
named last season to the Big East Conference's
all-freshman team. Making his 41st straight start in
41 career games, Cheatham missed six of his first
eight shots (1 for 7) and picked up his fourth foul
with 16:06 remaining. He finished with two points in
played really well for us," Wojciechowski said.
"That happens over the course of the season.
Other guys stepped up, which was great."
Had its 24th consecutive game in double-digit scoring
from Maten, but the Bulldogs are too reliant for him
and Frazier on offense. Nobody else averages close to
double digits. Fox has yet to find a way to replace
the productivity of departed seniors Charles Mann and
Kenny Gaines, who combined to average 24.1 points last
Bulldogs are looking for other players to step up if
they're going to return to the NCAA Tournament after
missing out last season. Poor defense isn't helping
have some serious areas to work on," Fox said.
"Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann were terrific
defenders. We haven't replaced the defense that walked
out of here with a degree. That's disappointing to
lose a game because you don't defend like we need
Host to Fresno State on Tuesday.
Host to Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 14.