Despite a career-high 26 points from freshman Fred Sims Jr., Chicago State dropped a 91-74 decision Monday at Marquette.
Chicago State (4-10) took an early 11-4 lead. Marquette (9-2) regained control quickly and used 17-2 late in the first half to open up a massive lead. The Golden Eagles led 56-33 at halftime.
The Cougars never let the game get completely out of hand, but they also never made much of a dent in their deficit. The Golden Eagles led by at least 13 points the entire second half.
Sims, a 6-foot-4 guard, was the brightest star of the night for coach Tracy Dildy‘s squad. Sims scored his 26 points extremely efficiently, shooting 10-of-16 from the field, including six 3-pointers. He finished with a 146 offensive rating, making this his third straight game of 100 or better.
Sims, who won Chicago Freshman of the Week honors Monday, is averaging 19 points in his last two games.
Sophomore guard Clemmye Owens V, a Bethune-Cookman transfer, recorded 14 points and five assists. He is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 dimes since becoming eligible after the fall semester.
Six Marquette players scored in double figures, led by 19 points from freshman forward Henry Ellenson. Ellenson also grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.