APNewsNow. No. 21 Marquette 95, Winthrop 73 Vander Blue scored 26 points and was one of five players in double figures as No. 21 Marquette rolled to a 95-73 win over Winthrop in the opening round of the Paradise Jam Tournament on Friday.
Blue made his first nine shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, for the Golden Eagles (3-0). His runner with 14:10 left started a 14-0 spurt that helped Marquette run away in the second half.
Senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom picked up his third foul in the first minute of the second half but still finished with 20 points for Marquette. Chris Otule added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Golden Eagles led by as many as 12 in the first half before taking a 45-37 lead into halftime. Marquette emptied its bench after opening a 20-point cushion with 9:37 left.
Andre Jones made four 3-pointers and scored 29 points for the Eagles (0-3).