MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dawson Garcia registered 16 points and eight rebounds as Marquette routed Eastern Illinois 75-50 on Friday night.
Marquette didn't seem to miss the school's all-time leading scorer in the opener against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday. Markus Howard averaged a nation-best 27.8 points last season, but Marquette (1-0) didn't seem to care that the sharpshooter graduated, jumping to a 50-18 halftime advantage Wednesday and cruising to a 99-57 home victory. Six players scored in double figures, led by 6-foot-11 freshman Dawson Garcia, a McDonald's All-American who finished with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Wisconsin big man Nate Reuvers posed all sorts of problems for Eastern Illinois, which had no way to replicate him in practice. Panthers coach Jay Spoonhour doesn't exactly have a roster full of 6-foot-11 players who can score inside and out, rebound and block shots. Reuvers did all three Wednesday night as the seventh-ranked Badgers began their season with a 77-67 victory over Eastern Illinois.