LAHAINA - Marquette put on a nice bounce-back performance Tuesday.
Vander Blue scored 18 points and Davante Gardner had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Golden Eagles' 89-62 rout of Mississippi State in an EA Sports Maui Invitational consolation game at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The Golden Eagles, who lost the previous day to Butler on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, came ready to play against another set of Bulldogs.
Marquette’s Trent Lockett looks for room to shoot over Mississippi State’s Gavin Ware (left) and Fred Thomas during the second half of the Golden Eagles’ 89-62 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
"I think our response after what we went through yesterday was outstanding," said Marquette coach Buzz Wil-liams, whose team improved to 3-1 and will play Southern California in today's fifth-place game.
In the first half, Marquette shot 19-of-33 from the field, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and scored 29 points off 15 turnovers.
"When we can force turn-overs, they'll turn into transition baskets for us just like it does for most teams," Wil-liams said.
MARQUETTE Golden Eagles 89
MISSISSIPPI ST. Bulldogs 62
Blue scored 11 first-half points and Jake Thomas provided nine off the bench, going 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
"I think our team played really good," Blue said. "I thought our team played with a lot of energy. Coming off a loss last night, not many teams could come here and just worry about this game and just getting better. There's nothing we could do with what happened last night. It was a one-in-a-million shot. We just had to move on."
The Golden Eagles built a lead of 43-18 in the first half.
"We played hard, got boards and offensive rebounds," Gardner said. "So that was kind of one of our better first halves."
Mississippi State (1-3) got as close as 17 points early in the second half, before Marquette regained momentum. The Golden Eagles' largest lead was 87-56 after a basket by Chris Otule with 2 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.
Trent Lockett added 13 points and Jamil Wilson had 11 for Marquette, which finished 37-of-71 from the field - 7-of-11 on 3-pointers.
The Golden Eagles held a 48-28 advantage in points in the paint and 46-11 edge in bench points.
Mississippi State (1-3) has lost its two Maui games by a combined 73 points, and will play for seventh place today against Texas.
The Bulldogs, who have been decimated by injuries, had only seven players take the floor Tuesday.
"Obviously, we are short of bodies right now," said Mississippi State coach Rick Ray. "In the first half, when we make mistakes we don't have enough bodies to hold guys accountable. There is no substitution patterns to take guys off when they make mistakes defensively and offensively."
Fred Thomas scored 17 points for the Bulldogs, and Roquez Johnson had 16.
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Cadougan 1-5 0-0 2, Anderson 1-5 0-0 2, Blue 8-14 0-0 18, Lockett 5-10 1-1 13, Otule 3-6 2-2 8, J. Wilson 4-5 3-3 11, Ferguson 2-3 0-0 4, D. Wilson 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas 3-3 0-0 9, Taylor, Jr. 2-3 1-2 5, Gardner 7-14 1-1 15, Flood 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-71 8-9 89.
MISSISSIPPI ST. (62)
Thomas 6-15 1-1 17, Bloodman 1-2 2-3 5, Lewis 1-3 4-4 6, Johnson 5-9 6-8 16, Sword 2-11 3-5 7, Ware 5-9 1-2 11, Cunningham 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 17-23 62.
Halftime-Marquette 48-27. 3-Point Goals-Marquette 7-11 (Thomas 3-3, Lockett 2-2, Blue 2-3, Anderson 0-1, Cadougan 0-1, J. Wilson 0-1), Mississippi St. 5-12 (Thomas 4-8, Bloodman 1-1, Johnson 0-1, Sword 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Marquette 38 (Gardner 12), Mississippi St. 33 (Johnson 8). Assists-Marquette 18 (Cadougan 5), Mississippi St. 7 (Cunningham, Sword 2). Total Fouls-Marquette 20, Mississippi St. 13. A-2,400.