O'Quinn's foul trouble sinks Norfolk State 99-68
With star center Kyle O'Quinn fouling out midway through the second half, Norfolk State had little chance of catching No. 21 Marquette.
Chris McEachin tied a career high with 19 points and Marcos Tamares set a career-high with 17 points, but the Spartans couldn't compete in a 99-68 loss Monday night to one of the Big East's many powerhouse programs.
O'Quinn, Norfolk State's star center who averaged 16.4 points last year, was held to four points on 1-of-5 shooting in 20 minutes in the Spartans' opener. He didn't score in the second half, fouling out with 12:23 left in the game.
''I don't know what their game plan was, but I got out of the game early,'' O'Quinn said. ''For my team to be successful I've got to be on the court. They got me off real quick. That was a plus on their side.''
Norfolk State never led and never got within single digits in the second half. The Spartans, though, used a 15-3 run to pull within 74-62 with 7:06 left on McEachin's 3-pointer.
Marquette then scored the next 19 points.
''As soon as we made our little push they got hot at the right time,'' O'Quinn said. ''They made a nice push as soon as we gave it all we had.''
Jae Crowder scored 25 and had 10 rebounds and Darius Johnson-Odom added 24 points for Marquette (2-0).
''Two tough seniors, they're a tough matchup,'' O'Quinn said. ''Johnson-Odom is one of the best scorers in the country.''
Vander Blue scored 14 points and Todd Mayo added 12 points for Marquette. Crowder and Johnson-Odom dominated on Monday night, with Crowder making 10 of 15 shots and Johnson-Odom making seven of 12 shots.
Despite playing against O'Quinn, a 6-foot-10 senior center who was the defensive player of the year in the MEAC last season, Crowder and Marquette had no problems scoring inside.
The Golden Eagles outscored Norfolk State 46-24 in the paint. Marquette spent the first half pounding the ball inside. The Golden Eagles led 40-29 at halftime after outscoring the Spartans 24-6 in the paint.
Marquette used its perimeter game in the second half, opening with a pair of 3-pointers by Johnson-Odom and Crowder to take a 46-29 lead with 19:11 left in the game. The Spartans never got within single digits in the second half.
Marquette freshman Juan Anderson sat out the game, his second in a three-game suspension for accepting a free ticket to a Miller Park suite for a Milwaukee Brewers playoff game last month.