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December 16, 2006

No. 20 Marquette cruises past UMBC, 68-46

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MILWAUKEE - Dominic James scored 17 points and Jerel McNeal had 15 to lead No. 20 Marquette to a 68-46 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday.

Lazar Hayward added 13 points for the Golden Eagles (10-2), who rebounded solidly from a 70-66 loss to No. 7 Wisconsin last weekend.

Thomas Young scored 17 points and Chris Pugh added 15 for the Retrievers (4-7), who lost their second straight game and fourth in their last five.

James scored 12 points and McNeal had 10 as the Golden Eagles took a 36-14 halftime lead. The Retrievers were unable to make a dent in that deficit over the final 20 minutes and never got closer than 48-37 on a 3-pointer by Pugh.

A basket by James off an alley-oop pass from McNeal and two free throws by Ousmane Barro gave the Golden Eagles a quick 4-0 lead they never relinquished.

Maryland-Baltimore County pulled within 6-4 on a basket by Matt Spadafora, but Marquette went on an 11-2 run that ended on a basket by Wesley Matthews.

The Golden Eagles had a 10-0 run later in the first half to push the lead to 27-8. McNeal had two free throws to end that spurt.

The Retrievers had to play without their two leading scorers - Brian Hodges (13.9) and Jay Greene (11.0). Hodges was assessed a technical foul in their last game, a 71-52 loss to George Washington. A team rule requires a player with a technical to sit out the next game. Greene tried to warm up Saturday but could not because of knee ligament damage.

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