In their final non-conference game before the start of Big East play, Marquette beat Samford 71-48. Routine beating for the Golden Eagles, and a game that featured a dunk that was anything but “routine” by freshman Deonte Burton. Samford’s Emeka Ikezu attempted to get in the way but was unsuccessful.
Burton was all over the stat sheet in the win, accounting for 13 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals off the bench. And he’ll be a key figure for the Golden Eagles moving forward, as the preseason favorite to win the Big East will need to rack up the quality wins in conference play.
Here’s another angle:
Original video from MUTV Sports
h/t Paint Touches
This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.
Here’s another angle of the dunk:
The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.
The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.
They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.
That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.
Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: