Freshman forward Dawson Garcia scored a team-high 19 points in his collegiate debut, and Marquette pulled away for a 99-57 win over visiting Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
Senior forward Jamal Cain contributed 16 points and six rebounds for Marquette (1-0), which led by double digits for the majority of the contest. Senior forward Theo John added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth career double-double.
Shaun Doss Jr., a redshirt junior guard, led UAPB with 27 points. The next-highest scorer for UAPB (0-1) was junior guard Joshuwan Johnson, who finished with seven points despite making only two of 12 shots from the field.
It was the first game for Marquette since the departure of guard Markus Howard, a two-time All-American who led the nation in scoring last season with 27.8 points per game. Howard recently signed with the Denver Nuggets as an undrafted free agent.
The Golden Eagles shot 51.8 percent (29 of 56) overall and 38.5 percent (10 of 26) from 3-point range.
UAPB shot 27.3 percent (18 of 66) from the field and 15 percent (3 of 20) from beyond the arc.
Marquette raced to a 50-18 lead at the half.
The Golden Eagles opened the game on a 17-2 run, which was punctuated by a jumper from Cain on an assist from Greg Elliott. Marquette had a trio of 3-pointers during the early scoring outburst from Cain, Garcia and Koby McEwen.