Mississippi vs Marquette

No. 21 Marquette rolls Ole Miss

CBSSports.com wire reports

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Vander Blue carried Marquette in its first game at the Paradise Jam. Jae Crowder took over in the second game for the Golden Eagles.

Crowder scored a team-high 25 points to lead No. 21 Marquette to a 96-66 victory over Mississippi in the Paradise Jam semifinals on Sunday.

The Golden Eagles (4-0) will meet Norfolk State, a 66-53 winner over TCU, in the tournament championship. It will be a rematch of last Monday's game in which Marquette won by 31 points.

Crowder, a senior forward, made 9 of 11 shots from the field including two 3-pointers. He also shot 5 of 7 from the free-throw line and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

"Getting off to a fast start was part of the game plan," Crowder said. "We have a lot of weapons and anyone can step up any night on this team. Everyone is getting chances so when your number is called, you have to step up."

This was the fourth straight game the Golden Eagles have scored more than 90 points. On an effective and balanced 10-man rotation for Marquette, Crowder has led the team in minutes played this season.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams said there is no real correlation between minutes played and points scored but it was the second time in four games Crowder has paced the offensive attack.

"I think Jae in a lot of ways is the heart and soul of what we do on both ends of the floor," Williams said. "We function with a lot better rhythm when he's playing. I don't know how many minutes he had or points he scored but how in sync we are typically means he's in the game."

Vander Blue's fast-break dunk fueled a 13-0 scoring run Marquette used to take command in the first half. The Golden Eagles opened a 51-29 halftime lead, scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back.

One game after he scored a career-high 26 points, Blue, a sophomore, finished with 11 for Marquette. Senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom added 20 for the Golden Eagles while Davante Gardner converted all nine of his free throw attempts and finished with 15 points.

On Friday, Marquette had five players score in double figures and Sunday's game saw four.

Ole Miss (3-1) shot 25 of 78 from the floor and missed all 14 shots from beyond the arc in the first half. The Rebels were led by Terrance Henry, who finished with 19 points while Maurice Aniefiok chipped in with 10.

"Every game, I'm amazed because we have been taking some horrible shots," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. "There were a lot of good looks tonight that would just not go. It was very disturbing."

The Rebels committed 19 turnovers compared to just nine assists. Kennedy said the difference in the game was Mississippi's inability to attack or defend while in the transition.

"We knew they would be attacking early and often and we couldn't stop them early on," he said. "For the first time this year, we were going up against superior players on the open floor and we did not respond."

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Mississippi (3-1)293766
Marquette #21 (4-0) «514596
MS:T. Henry 19 Pts
MS:M. Holloway 9 Reb
MS:J. Summers 4 Ast
MARQET:J. Crowder 25 Pts
MARQET:J. Crowder 7 Reb
MARQET:J. Cadougan 6 Ast

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Terrance Henry
Jae Crowder
Mississippi Rebels
T. Henry, F357-144-732419
N. Williams, G254-141-23119
D. Cox, C243-80-07046
M. Holloway, F211-46-79038
D. Nelson, G212-122-43256
J. Summers, G221-110-01452
R. Buckner, F151-30-06052
M. Aniefiok, G144-70-020110
A. Jones, F141-40-14042
S. Short, F60-00-00010
J. Jones, F21-10-00002
D. Hughes, G10-00-00000
J. Kendrick, GDid Not Play
B. Shorter, FDid Not Play
W. Norman, GDid Not Play
L. White, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-7813-213893366
Marquette Golden Eagles
J. Cadougan, G302-54-73638
D. Johnson-Odom, G285-98-1044220
C. Otule, C262-22-45036
J. Crowder, F269-115-772225
V. Blue, G244-93-422111
T. Mayo, G182-52-24146
D. Gardner, F143-69-931315
J. Jones, F121-30-04023
J. Wilson, F101-20-03022
D. Wilson, G100-00-00020
J. Anderson, F20-00-00000
J. Thomas, GDid Not Play
Totals 29-5233-4335162496
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
S. Carolina12-626-1143
Ole Miss10-822-1477
Texas A&M8-1016-1593
Miss. State6-1216-16149

Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall10-821-1244
St. Johns7-1114-19140
Other games
Old Dom 52 Final
Kentucky 62
COPS 70 Final
UConn 87
MS Val St 75 Final
NC 101
USA 39 Final
Florida St 80
Purdue 56 Final
Alabama 65