Duane Wilson tries to drive past Arizona State's
Kodi Justice (44) during the first half of an NCAA
college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in
— Luke Fischer had a case of the jitters after losing
his first pass in the post in his first game for
6-foot-11 center settled down quickly to fit in quite
nicely in his new home.
had 19 points and nine rebounds in Golden Eagles' debut,
and Jajuan Johnson added 22 points to spark the 78-71 win
Tuesday night over Arizona State.
there were some jitters at first. I bobbled the first
pass. After that, the game kind of settled in and I was
able to just play basketball," Fischer said.
transfer from Indiana provided a sorely-needed presence in
the middle for the undersized and short-handed Golden
Eagles (5-4). He blocked five shots in 33 minutes off the
bench and helped alter many other possessions in the paint
against the Sun Devils (6-4).
coach Steve Wojciechowski reacts to a technical foul
called during the first half of an NCAA college
basketball game against Arizona State on Tuesday,
Dec. 16, 2014, in Milwaukee.
Steve Wojciechowski was impressed given Fischer hadn't
played in a game for so long.
impacted the game in so many ways," Wojciechowski
Wilson had 19 points and formed a dangerous duo with
Johnson in the open floor. Marquette held a 20-10
advantage on the break.
Blakes scored 20 points for Arizona State, which shot 38
percent. Kodi Justice added 12 points.
Devils narrowed a 21-point deficit in the game's closing
minutes, but couldn't overcome a subpar night from the
field, shooting 38 per
really started with our offense. We had six turnovers by
the first media timeout. We had nine in the first half,
and those led to some transition opportunities,"
coach Herb Sendek said.
Luke Fischer dunks during the first half of an NCAA
college basketball game against Arizona State on
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Milwaukee.
capitalized and shot 57 percent. It was the best shooting
night against Arizona State since UCLA hit 62 percent
against the Sun Devils on Dec. 31, 2009.
defense started with our offense. Then if you take the
next step, we just had a difficult time defending
them," Sendek said.
final-minute push made the score respectable for the Sun
Devils, though they trailed by double digits for much of
the second half.
State: The Sun Devils allowed Marquette to shoot 57
percent in the first half and trailed 43-32 at halftime.
It was the most points allowed in the first half this year
by Arizona State. Forward Savon Goodman made his Arizona
State debut, getting seven points in 8 minutes.
While adding Fischer, the Golden Eagles also played their
first game without sophomore guards Deonte Burton and John
Dawson. They were recruited by Wojciechowski's predecessor
at Marquette, Buzz Williams. Johnson had a team-high 12
points in the first half.
played 13 games last season for Indiana before
transferring. Until Tuesday, Fischer's last action was on
Dec. 22, 2013, when he scored 10 points in 19 minutes
against Kennesaw State. Eligibility rules required Fischer
to sit out until after the fall semester. It didn't take
long for the big guy to make his presence known in his
believe Luke is a really good player, but you never know
how good a kid is going to respond being thrust into a
role like he was tonight in the lights,"
Wojciechowski said. "I thought he handled it
Tuesday, Marquette didn't have an active player taller
than 6-foot-7 Steve Taylor, Jr. on its roster.
Johnson and Fischer, Marquette held a 41-16 edge in bench
scoring. The duo combined to go 19 of 27 from the field.
Arizona State reserves had been averaging 29.2 points per
game coming into the night, led by 9.9 points by Jon
Gilling. He finished with just three points, making his
only shot, a 3-pointer.
State: Hosts Lehigh on Saturday.
Hosts Alabama A&M on Friday.