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« on: November 06, 2006, 07:59:03 AM »

Nothing is settled
Several contribute in MU's victory
Posted: Nov. 5, 2006

Normally, exhibition games afford coaching staffs the ability to begin whittling down a playing rotation heading into the regular season.

The Marquette Golden Eagles' 99-70 victory over Cardinal Stritch on Sunday night at the Bradley Center, though, had little to offer Tom Crean in that regard.

Because aside from sophomores Dominic James, Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal and freshman David Cubillan, MU's playing group heading into their opener Friday against Division II Hillsdale College remains about as clear as mud.

"Rotation-wise, that could take some time," Crean said. "As long as guys are coming in and contributing, that's fine. Because I don't think we're close to being able to define certain roles on this team yet."

Matthews scored a game-high 24 points, sparked by 5-for-6 shooting from three-point range; James had 19 points and seven assists; and McNeal had 16 points and seven rebounds, but that was almost to be expected.

Cubillan, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise.

Playing just as he was billed coming out of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., the 6-foot Venezuelan came off the bench to score 12 points and be a defensive pest in tying an MU team high with four steals.

He also ran the point competently for a spell in the second half, freeing up James to play shooting guard. MU lacked such a luxury last season, with only wing players Dan Fitzgerald and Wesley Matthews to use in that capacity.

"David came in and really changed momentum for us in the first half," Crean said. "He gave us a great spark coming in off the bench."

Another newcomer, 6-8 junior-college transfer Lawrence Blackledge, also made the most of his 11 minutes with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting and six rebounds.

Freshman forward Lazar Hayward struggled in going scoreless and fouling out.

"For Lazar, David and (Lawrence), it was their first time in the (Bradley Center) ever to practice when we came in here this morning," Crean said. "Some of that will be the familiarity of being here more. We need that."

Aside from James, Matthews and McNeal, Crean went with junior Ousmane Barro and senior Jamil Lott in the starting lineup in order to bolster the Golden Eagles' rebounding.

The two combined for 12 of MU's 49 rebounds but played just 17 and 15 minutes, respectively.

Fouls were a common theme overall, with MU and Cardinal Stritch teaming up to commit 56 and shoot 66 free throws
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