Marquette tops USC 72-64 in Maui; Wilson has 19

Marquette tops USC 72-64 in Maui; Wilson has 19

Jamil Wilson channeled his inner aloha spirit to lead Marquette to a strong finish Wednesday after a tough start to the Maui Invitational. But the Golden Eagles lost their leading scorer, Vander Blue, when he injured his knee late in the game.

Wilson turned in a colorful 19-point performance in Marquette’s 72-64 win over USC, making 7 of 9 field goals off the bench and throwing up Hawaii’s famous shaka sign each time he hit a 3-pointer.

Blue was injured late after scoring only six points despite taking the most shots on his team.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams said the team would try to figure out Blue’s injury in the hours after the game.

“The one doctor here said he didn’t tear his ACL — that it probably was twisted — but that’s not confirmed,” Williams said.

Blue averaged 19.5 points per game heading into the contest, scoring 21 against Butler in Marquette’s Maui opener and 18 against Mississippi State — both team highs. But he was just 3 for 11 from the floor against USC.